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It would appear that longtime UFC color commentating veteran Joe Rogan has decided to issue an apology after receiving messages from some of his New Zealand fans.
Over Facebook, the commentating veteran revealed that he has been receiving messages from people being angry over how he discussed the New Zealand “haka” being practiced at a recent basketball game.
Now, Joe Rogan has issued a public apology to all those feeling uncomfortable by his actions.
“I got a bunch of messages today from people in New Zealand pissed off that I made fun of people doing the haka at a basketball game.” Joe Rogan stated. “For the record, before I apologize to anyone I offended I just want you all to know that I’ve also called it ‘one of the dopest war dances the world has ever known.’
“I was just making fun of the fact that they were doing it at a basketball game and that the American players they were competing with were staring at them looking kinda confused. On my podcast we make fun of a lot of sh*t. We get high, we get silly and we try to be funny. If I thought that many people from New Zealand would get pissed off I would have never said it, or I would have tried to make fun of the situation in a more respectful way.
“Being American I’m ignorant to what the Haka means to the culture of the people of New Zealand, and unfortunately I pissed some people off by joking around, and for that I sincerely apologize.
What’s really fucked up about it is that I actually think the Haka is amazing and we’ve talked about it being a pretty incredible thing to watch many times. I was just making fun of one moment where it looked out of place in a basketball game.
“My sincerest apologies to the people of New Zealand.”