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Morning Report: Brian Ortega releases statement on altercation with Jay Park: ‘What I did was truly wrong’

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Over the weekend, Brian Ortega assaulted pop musician and Chan Sung Jung manager Jay Park, slapping him in the crowd at UFC 248. In the aftermath of the incident, it was revealed that Ortega took umbrage with comments Park translated for Jung, wherein he said that Ortega had “ducked” ‘The Korean Zombie’ when he was forced out of their planned fight at UFC Busan due to an ACL injury.

Since then, Ortega has gone through a few iterations of apologizing, first with a post on Instagram apologizing for slapping Park in his roles as translator and “K-pop star,” but pointedly refusing to apologize for slapping Park “the instigator” of the beef between himself and Zombie. Ortega went on to delete that post and instead, put up a much shorter and less caveated apology, stating plainly that he apologized for his actions and would accept a fight with Korean Zombie whenever Jung was ready. Now, Ortega has seemingly completed his journey.

On Wednesday, Ortega released a full statement on what transpired over the weekend, apologizing for his actions and for trying to justify them, and blaming his pride for everything that has happened.

My pride is my enemy, and over the last couple days I’ve been battling it. I hope you understand that I’m human and I’m flawed, in more ways than one. In the beginning, I justified my actions based on the series of events that led up to Saturday, but I now realize that what I did was wrong overall. My parents taught me dignity and respect, and I didn’t show that. My coaches have always taught me that martial arts are to empower the weak against the strong. On Saturday, that didn’t happen.

When I make a mistake, I own the consequences. But in this case the negativity that I’ve caused has spilled over to the people closest to me, and that’s how I know that what I did was truly wrong. I’m sorry to you guys and my family.

I apologize to Jay Park for my actions and the shit storm that followed, you deserve to enjoy MMA from outside the octagon just like any other fan. I apologize to Korean Zombie for dragging your friend into an equation that should start and end with the fighters.

It took awhile, but it appears the beef between Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung and Jay Park is finally being put to bed. Now all that’s left to do is watch them fight.


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