by Matt Weik
I’ve all the time been a fan of Victor Martinez, and once I would journey to New Jersey on enterprise, I might all the time make it some extent (even when it had been out of my manner) to drive to Edgewater to eat at his Muscle Maker Grill location.
Victor doesn’t know me from a gap within the wall as I’m not some fanboy who’s going to trouble him at his enterprise when he’s attempting to get stuff completed or hit him up on social media like some loopy stalker. I merely assist the man and admire what he’s completed for the game of bodybuilding. However I just lately noticed an interview with him that I actually don’t agree with.
Once more, I wish to reiterate that I’ve nothing towards Victor. This text isn’t a private shot at him, however extra of a distinction of opinions based mostly on what he stated.
Bodybuilding Followers Are Disloyal — Says Victor Martinez
In a current Era Iron YouTube video, Victor was questioned about his ideas concerning the bodybuilding fanbase and if he felt stress from followers following his jail sentence and lack of measurement.
The very first thing Victor stated was, “hell no.” Which I’m glad he wasn’t bothered by some folks pondering he was completed and can by no means do effectively within the sport ever once more. However within the subsequent breath, he began speaking concerning the feedback he would learn on web sites about him. To be trustworthy, that doesn’t sound like somebody who doesn’t care what folks assume. Why exit in the hunt for feedback if, in the long run, they imply nothing to you? So, from the beginning, that made no sense.
He then will get into Arnold’s feedback following his “Screw your freedom” assertion and mentions that additional exhibits that followers are disloyal. I’m going to voice my opinion right here, and folks can clearly disagree, however had been Arnold’s phrases taken out of context? Some might say so. However for an immigrant to return to the US and be in his place, his alternative of phrases (for my part) was horrible.
To ever say, “Screw your freedom,” when your following and monetary freedom had been constructed off the flexibility to dwell free, capitalism, and many others., he ought to have by no means had these phrases come out of his mouth. If bashing Arnold for saying that’s being disloyal, then Arnold is disloyal to the US and what it was constructed upon. However this text isn’t about Arnold.
Shifting together with Victor’s interview, he then stated that possibly different sports activities have extra loyal followers than bodybuilding. Right here’s my tackle that. I’ve by no means seen anybody utterly flip who they comply with within the IFBB. Those that comply with Phil Heath are diehard Phil followers. Even after he misplaced the Olympia, nobody turned their again on him. Did folks query his future? Positive. However that’s all opinionated and hypothesis. It’s not a matter of somebody being disloyal or turning their backs on him. And folks have the flexibility to comply with multiple bodybuilder, which leads me to my subsequent main level.
You Have been in Jail… Bro.
What I believe occurred with Victor is that after his arrest, folks moved on. Why would somebody essentially keep on with him if he’s not competing? They produce other bodybuilders that additionally they comply with and assist.
I believe one of many hardest issues to undergo was what Shawn Rhoden skilled. He went from successful the Olympia to allegations of rape in a matter of months. The IFBB banned him from competing, and the bodybuilding trade was questioning what the best resolution to make was and whether or not or not Shawn was harmless or responsible. Regardless, followers moved on and began following rivals who had been in a position to compete since there was actually nothing to comply with with Shawn apart from his life since he wasn’t in a position to step on stage.
Victor’s scenario is (kinda) much like Shawn’s in that he couldn’t compete when he was locked up, and due to this fact, followers moved on. If somebody adopted Michael Jordan and was a fan, they’re nonetheless a fan to at the present time, however they could have moved on to being a fan of LeBron now since he’s truly taking part in. That doesn’t imply folks forgot about MJ, and so they’re disloyal.
I don’t assume anybody would argue that Victor was something however an ideal competitor. Whether or not they moved on or not, when was the final time we noticed Victor on stage? There’s my level.
Jay Cutler, after retiring, is doing simply effective. His followers nonetheless comply with him, they purchase his stuff, they take heed to his podcast, and so they watch his YouTube channel. What’s Victor doing? *crickets*
If something, Victor bailed on his followers, not the opposite manner round. He’s doing nothing for his followers proper now apart from attempting to promote issues on his Dominican Dominator web site. So, what actual worth is Victor offering followers? Does he have a YouTube channel or podcast to supply his followers with the flexibility to comply with him and get worth and data from him? No. Everybody has to pay for one thing in an effort to interact with him. That’s not what different individuals are doing. So, what’s the purpose? It’s not like we’re speaking about an Olympia winner who took house a Sandow and is within the historical past books.
Persons are judged by their actions, not their phrases. Victor can say no matter he needs, however the majority of IFBB professionals by no means went to jail or had points with the legislation. And that’s not a knock at Victor, it’s simply the reality. Victor went to jail, which is why it looks as if impulsively, he feels that individuals turned their again on him and stated his profession within the sport was over.
Shifting alongside, he continues to say he doesn’t care what folks say about him. Then he rolls proper into how folks on the web had been saying he’s going to get deported again to the Dominican Republic, which he then stated, and I quote, “I need you bitches [sic] I’m a citizen, you already know, screw you mom*ckers.” Does that actually sound like somebody who doesn’t care what others say?
Hear, all in all, I’ve nothing towards Victor Martinez. If he comes again to the stage, I’ll nonetheless assist him. If he stays away from the stage, focuses on his well being and longevity, and desires to construct his numerous companies, I’ll assist him. However to say that bodybuilding followers are disloyal is just not correct.