UFC commentator Mike Goldberg is on the bitter end of a drug addiction rumor, and he would like to assure everyone that these accusations are nothing but false rumors.
Goldberg, like a model employee who never takes a sick day, missed commentating last Saturday, marking the end of a 15-year streak of not missing work. What caused initial suspicion was the fact that Goldberg was pulled from commentating at UFC 155, out of the blue. Then, to further stress those suspicions, Dana White was very dismissive when questioned about Goldberg’s abrupt departure.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani, Goldberg defended these accusations.
“I ended up coming home from Brazil with a virus, an upper respiratory infection, I ended up being hospitalized a couple times for it, just because they were making sure they could get my lungs open. “And just the complications of, I’m an asthmatic, I have been since high school, the complications with trying to get proper medications to get this virus out of my body, I’m not the first guy to come back from Brazil not feeling 100 percent, it just kind of spiraled.”
Goldberg lamented being pulled from commentating at UFC 155.
“I’ve had throat infections, chest infections I’ve had a head cold, during the 800 NHL games I called, in the 200 or so UFCs or so I’ve done since 1997. So yeah, I’m a prideful guy, I consider myself a fighter as far as my broadcast spot, I want to be in my seat at cage side during UFC 155, but it broke my heart that I wasn’t able to do so.”
Is it so hard to accept when a celebrity gets violently ill that they are indeed sick? Or is the temptation to start an unnecessary rumor to great to bear? Goldberg has been tirelessly commentating for us for over a decade without as much as a personal day, and does not need petty drug accusations. Goldberg will be back commentating this Friday at UFC on FOX 6. Let us welcome him back with a warm heart, not a storm of accusations.