Lance Palmer, a two-time PFL event champion and $1 million prizewinner, is formally requesting a launch from the promotion.
Palmer, 33, advised ESPN on Friday he has requested PFL executives to launch him from his unique contract, which he signed in December. The 2-time featherweight event winner mentioned the strained relationship reached a brand new low this week, when PFL launched a press release condemning content material on his father’s private Instagram account.
On Friday, PFL launched a press release acknowledging “repulsive posts” on Dwayne Palmer’s social media concerning race, and acknowledged, “We stand in solidarity with the black group and the PFL doesn’t condone in any method racist or misogynistic views.”
PFL didn’t specify at which posts the assertion was directed. Dwayne Palmer’s non-public account contains a number of statements that mock the Black Lives Matter motion, in addition to an anti-gay slur.
No matter what the assertion was meant to handle, Palmer advised ESPN he didn’t see a necessity for the corporate to touch upon an account over which he has no management. He mentioned he believed the PFL assertion got here as a direct results of a relationship that has been underneath pressure for months for the reason that PFL introduced it was canceling its 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I really feel prefer it’s defamation on my character to place a put up out concerning my dad, when it actually has nothing to do with PFL or something that I mentioned,” Palmer advised ESPN. “It could be completely different if it have been me saying one thing or me agreeing with one thing, however this makes zero sense to me. And that is simply the icing on the cake for the way uncooperative they have been all through the entire strategy of canceling their season.”
In keeping with Palmer, he and the corporate haven’t been on the identical web page since he declined the $1,000 month-to-month stipend PFL provided the vast majority of its roster, after suspending its 2020 common season.
Palmer, a former four-time All-American wrestler at Ohio State College, mentioned he didn’t really feel that quantity was value shedding a yr of his profession and has been at odds with the promotion since. PFL officers declined to touch upon the state of affairs any additional than Friday’s preliminary assertion.
“I am making an attempt to talk up for the opposite people who find themselves getting screwed round on this situation, and now I really feel like I’ve taken the brunt of it with this example,” Palmer mentioned. “I do not assume they’re referring to something current, so they’re trying to find one thing at this level. And this isn’t even on my account.
“They’ve talked to me about how I am the face of this firm and this and that, however in the case of negotiations and paying me one thing that I believe is truthful, to stay round for subsequent season, they did not need to do this. After which this situation comes out, making it a political and race factor. It is actually unusual to me. I really feel like they’re trying to find something at this level.”
Whereas PFL did formally cancel its 2020 season, the corporate has left open the potential for holding a one-off, non-season occasion sooner or later in 2020. Palmer mentioned he was seeking to transfer on no matter whether or not that occurs or not.
“I really feel like authorized motion needs to be taken in opposition to them at this level,” Palmer mentioned. “And it is unlucky, as a result of I’ve had their again since earlier than anybody even thought they have been going to have their $1 million paydays.”