Former Gopher Wrestler Says He Wants To Fight Obama

By Edgar Linares, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A former Gopher wrestler is learning that you don’t even joke about wanting to harm the President after he got a visit from the Secret Service.

Jacob Volkmann is an Ultimate Fighting Champion and chiropractor from White Bear Lake, Minn.

The website features an interview that Volkmann did after a recent “Ultimate Fighting” match.

He was asked who he wanted to fight next and he said President Obama.

“He’s not too bright. He made a lot of — like the making homes affordable plan and his health care plan. Someone’s got to knock some sense into that idiot,” said Volkmann in the interview.

Volkmann explained later in the interview that he thinks the President’s health care plan could hurt his chiropractic business.

After the video went online Volkmann got some nasty e-mails and one said they were going to turn him in to the Secret Service.

“There was a few phone calls to D.C. saying I was making threats on the president. And the lady that turned me in, sent me an email saying she was going to do it,” said Volkmann.

On Tuesday, Volkmann said a Secret Service agent and a White Bear Lake Police Officer tracked him down at a high school where he was coaching youth wrestling.

“They took me out of practice and asked me a few questions. First thing he said was ‘I just want to make sure you’re not going to (Washington) D.C. to harm the President,'” he said.

Volkmann says the agent was embarrassed to be there asking his questions.

“He had a picture of me, he had the quote. He had some more information. He wouldn’t let me see in the folder,” said Volkmann.

Volkmann says he told the agent he didn’t actually intend to threaten the president and it doesn’t appear there will be any charges.

When asked if he regretted what he said, Volkmann replied, “No, no, I’m going to stick with what I said. …  I’m sticking to it, because that’s my opinion. That’s how I feel about the policy.”

“It made me laugh and I was surprised it got as much attention as it did,” said Andrew Kapel who trains with Volkmann. “I think it was a throw away comment.”

While the president won’t be his next contender, Volkmann wouldn’t shy away from an opportunity to compete against him.

“I’m not good at basketball. I think he’d win that one,” said Volkmann.

The Secret Service would not comment on how it’s procedures for following up on remarks and threats against the President.

Watch YouTube video of the Volkmann interview here.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

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  • Really?

    It was a tounge n cheek response by this meat head…not a threat on the presidents life. How bout some D-bags reported that to the secret service…get a life.

  • LP Guy

    This idiot Chiropractor is just trying to make a name for himself. Why don’t you jiust threaten to beat up Big Bird? It makes about as much sense as taking an aim at the leader of the free world, regardless of whether or not you agree with his politics.

  • RayJ

    Ultimate Fighting Champion!!!! Who’s the Idiot?

  • Bob

    I agree with the guy, he has the backbone to speak his mind. Good for him and us…..

    • Marty M

      Bob – you got any grey matter still intact up there? He’s about the game – if it was W in office he’d say the same chit. Except it’d be get the boys home from the Middle East or that damn W bank bailout…..use your noggin if it works. ;-)

  • linda

    They watch & hear everything you do. Try saying something online controversial & I bet you’ll see someone outside your house watching you but pretending they’re fixing the telephone line or something else.

    • dphilips

      Do you live in a single wide or a double wide?

  • Ty

    He is NOT an “ultimate fighting CHAMPION”. He is a mixed martial artist who has fought on the preliminary card of a few UFCs.

    Why is it that because the company is called “Ultimate Fighting Championships” the media feels the need to refer to every fighter as an “Ultimate Fighting Champion”?


  • Pennie

    Really? This is an issue?? It was an innocent comment, totally tongue in cheek. He meant no actual threat against the president. I don’t hold the same views as the guy, but that doesn’t mean I think he seriously wants to threaten the president. This whole thing is pointless.

  • ask4j

    Pointless indeed! waste of my time–aren’t there more important things we should be reading–like what’s going to happen in Minnesota with the new house and what plans Dayton has for our future.

  • JohnF

    Another red-neck dumb-butt who, like a former governor, took a few too many shots to the head during his fight career. He must be from the 6th district side of White Bear Lake.

  • Mike

    He should have been fined for his threats. What an idiot!

    • B

      it was not a real threat!!!!! what a bunch of idiots on here

  • Pennie

    Pennie, Find another user name because that one is taken and I don’t want you making me look like an idiot with YOUR views

  • Utah

    Fined? Threats? Go watch the video before coming to that conclusion. Anyone who thinks an answer to who he wants to fight next is a threat, you’re an idiot. The only difference between this any 4 million other people complaining everyday about how things aren’t working out for them because of the government is that his was taped and posted on the internet. I hope he gets more business from people that agree with him and have seen this. He deserves to get paid something for having to answer to all the people looking to turn this into much more than it REALLY is.

    Threat? Come on!

  • Victim Du Jour

    SNL never jokes about Obama, because Nancy Pelosi gave GE bailout, TARP and billions in Federal Subsidies.

    “Death of a President” won awards at a Toronto movie festivle, and it’s a movie about assasinating President Bush.

    We do have a Fascist Corporate Run slanted media establishment in the USA.

  • Lars

    Why are you giving this guy airtime. Have some standards for what you report on.

  • helper

    Hey Idiot, Victim Du Jour,

    Ever realize it was your party, the Republicans, who are the reason for unlimited corporate spending for political candidates…See Citizens United….

    This thus guarantees corporations can buy any type of politician they want,to represent their cause, not that of the American people.

    You Republicans are such a thick pig headed, uneducated group…

    • Victim Du Jour

      That’s why Republican Districts in Minnesota have better highschools, less welfare and drug problems.

      Baby boomers smoked pot and used LSD at Woodstock, now everything is a pretend make-believe convenient paranoid delusion.

      Dumb pothead!!

  • Lynn

    If any of the world leaders say I want to fight. Let them lead, like the men of old, out in front of their men, in the field of battle. I would have a lot more respect for them. Instead world leaders are cowards sitting in comfortable chairs playing us like chess and only think of winning; they make the women and children do it for them. :-( Mark my word, that would put an end to fighting and war if we put world leaders out in front of the battlefield!!

  • BubbaOnTheNet

    BOO!!! I know the secret service is just out there doing their job, but to not exercise judgment? Come on, behavior like that is more like Dictatorship intimidation. There is something called “Spirit of the Law” and then there is this which is: “Letter of the Law” -I feel they would have hauled him away if they could. For shame on the Governments (Local and Federal.)

  • dphilips

    Shameful comments from another ignorant Republican

  • dphilips

    Glad he was turned in!!

  • dphilips

    If the paperwork associated with the healthcare reform is too complicated for this bonehead , maybe he should quit whining and close his practice

  • dphilips

    Knock some sense into that idiot? How juvenile. I am embarrassed to
    have to live in Minnesota!

  • n

    The real idiot is Jacob Volkmann. They should have thrown him in jail for a few days, and taught him the benfits of Obama’s policies.

  • Herb

    Figures, a republican high school wrestling coach. Gets his news from Fox and still thinks Sadam Hussien started the war in Iraq and that we should still be looking for weapons of mass destruction.

    Law of the land says if you threaten the president of the United States, you go to jail . . . I guess that means if you don’t have money, are black or are a democrat. Quite a world you envision for the common man. Oh . . . sorry, I was assuming you actually gave consideration to anyone other than yourself. My mistake

  • Herb

    Victim du Jour

    You have typical Republican logic. The reason that Republican districts do better is because special interest money takes up the slack that Carpetbagger Pawlenty cut out of the education budget. Those districts can afford whatever they would like because my tax dollars are in their pockets (tax breaks for the wealthy). Republicans like you don’t want better education for the “masses” that would make telling lies and ripping off the American public just that much harder. Any retort to this comment is totally indefensible, don’t try, you will only humiliate yourself further.

  • Victim Du Jour

    The Fascist Corporate run liberal media establishment likes to make the false impression their comedy show writers are the only people allowed to have free speech.

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