Local UFC Fighter In Trouble Again For Obama Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Jacob Volkmann admits he’s trying to make a name for himself as a fighter. The problem is it’s getting him in trouble at his other job.

Following a fight last Friday, the 31-year old White Bear Lake man was being interviewed by Joe Rogan. Volkmann told Rogan that President Obama should call him to schedule a “glass-ectomy.” Rogan then asked what a “glass-ectomy” is.

“A glass-ectomy is when you cut your bellybutton out and put a piece of glass in there so when you have your head up your butt you can see where you’re going.” Volkmann said.

The White Bear Lake School District apparently was not amused. Volkmann, who’s an assistant wrestling coach for White Bear Lake, said the district put him on paid administrative leave.

“I thought it was kind of a funny joke, it was meant for humor,” Volkmann said. “And the school took it the wrong way.”

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If the story sounds familiar, it is.

When asked who he’d like to fight next following a fight in late 2010, Volkmann said “Obama” because “someone’s got to knock some sense into that idiot.”

That comment not only got Volkmann put on leave from the school district, but also caught the attention of the U.S. Secret Service. They questioned him not long after.

So why go there again?

“I’m doing it for a couple reasons,” Volkmann said. “To get my name out there, and I’m trying to get a message across. I don’t think (President Obama) is ever going to pay attention.”

A call was made to the White Bear Lake School District Friday evening, but the call has not yet been returned.

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  • Sean Kelly

    What a tool… and a total embarrassment to amateur wresting – but then again he is not really a wrestler, more like a barroom brawler. Wrestlers are disciplined and intelligent – this guy is neither of these things.

    • David jones

      He is spot on! Obama is the only moron in this article. He is ruining this country!

    • RHO

      But I bet you had no problem with teachers who propagandized kids, having them march in circles chanting Obama’s name. Obama is the disgrace and embarrassment. I’d like to see this guy box those massive ears of Obama.

    • Tyronne

      Obama is the tool …and a total embarrassment to black men and women everywhere.

    • Jonny Ninja

      Well, Obama “isn’t really a president”, just an A hole lawyer/community organizer getting star treatment for doing NOTHING but destroying my nation to the best of his ability. I’ll tell you this, this MMA fighter is more qualified to make his comment about Obama than Obama is to hold his current office.

      You wanna see a toolbag, you should look in the mirror.

      • Shirley

        Weel Jonny , I like the way you think !!!

    • alice Polarbear

      His unflattering comments make him a “tool?” Sorry Sean, Obamabots like you,kool-aide drinkers like you, are the real tools.

    • penzance101

      How ironic! Obama is a total embarassment to the presidency AND an amateur all the same. Real presidents respect the voter and our Constitutional rights- this potus does neither!!

    • Desert Eagle

      More of an embarrassment to teachers and/or his schooling. Incorrect usage of the suffix -ectomy. I think we get what he’s “trying” to say but what he is saying is: Obama needs glass removed. Maybe he thinks a hemorrhoidectomy is when the Dr. puts in a hemorrhoid.

    • Fred Emerson

      At least he can spell. Idiot..And you might look into the fighters back grounds alittle you tool. Most are college grads. Very few have ever been in trouble for fighting outside the ring.

    • jonny

      spoken like a true freshman…..

    • Jack Long

      Sean Kelly perhaps you should learn how to read. And by the way an MMA fighter would destroy an “amateur westler, what a tool you are.

    • Mike Hughes

      Sean, please give Volkmann a call to schedule your glassectomy! While they’re in there, they can look for your sense of humor–maybe even find a sign of life.

    • matthew

      i think he’s a very wise man, you on the other hand are a tool, ignorant also

    • john

      I bet you won’t tell him that to his face. LOL

    • Vinnie

      “This Guy” was an NCAA Div. 1 National Wrestling Champion awhile back.

    • Mishka

      Sean ….your kidding right? You must be confusing WOW W/ the UFC. Come on man….AND…what about the prez? You cool W/ him or you just like shootin the messenger? Wake up dude!

    • Jim in Houston

      Embarrassment for speaking the truth?

    • bob

      Wrestlers are disciplined and intelligent. Really?

    • 1776

      He’s walk thru you like a soggy piece of TP!

    • Michael

      LMAO! Another Moron!!!

    • Kramer

      I guess freedom of speech is only for liberal blowhards like Bill Maher, Fat Rosie, and the rest of the morons. Were you upset when Bush was getting the same comments made about him?

      • notalib

        Ray, liberals open their mouth and insult and resort to name calling all the time. Most liberals don’t have anything intelligent to say. They are a daily reminder that you can be really stupid and still have something to say.

      • BILLY

        “There is no freedom to insult anyone including government officials at any level.”

        Well said, Comrade..

      • jawal

        What do you call the excement that comes from the mouth of Bill Maher?

      • boomer

        “Actually, there is exactly the freedom to insult government officials. John Adams and his followers imposed the Sedition laws in the late 1790’s to punish critics; in the end, freedom of speech was upheld.

      • john

        Actually Ray that’s exactly what free speech is. Its our inherent right to speak our mind whether or not you find it intelligent or not. I agree with his views however he probably could have picked a better way to say it. Regardless though, its a typical liberal issue of calling the kettle black.

      • Doug S.

        Ray, you are 180 degrees out on your take of the First Amendment. The First Amendment is all about being critical of politicians and government officials. And if he feels the need to couch his statements in such a manor to make his point, he has that freedom. Just because you don’t like it, doesn’t make it wrong. Tacky, maybe, but still protected speech.

        • Jonny Ninja

          “The First Amendment is all about being critical of politicians and government officials.”

          No kidding.. It sure as hell doesn’t exist just so I can call fat girls “fat”…

          This moron is the poster child for why our education system is completely broken into a million pieces. Doesn’t even know what our rights are, or what the intent of having those rights is. Idiot.

      • Jonny Ninja

        Ray, you are obviously a Stalinist moron.. You just redefined freedom of speech on a whim, and we’re all just supposed to accept that? Go F yourself, toolbag.

      • Max

        “Freedom of speech is exactly that. You’re free to speak in an intelligent and thoughtful manner”.

        Followed by

        “There is no freedom to insult anyone including government officials at any level. There are consequences to opening your mouth without first engaging you brain”

        that is an interesting interpretation of “free speech”. You are free to say anything as long as it offends no one. Volkmann`s statements were indeed dumb. However, to suggest that there should be consequences to “opening his mouth” is dangerous. To get suspended from your job for saying the president needs to get his head out of his ass is ridiculous, regardless of who is in office.

      • robert taylor

        bull sh-t

      • Sam Hill

        Oh, I thought freedom of speech included speech that some people might not like, or might disagree with. I didn’t know you’re not supposed to insult anyone, including government officials. Glad you corrected me on my mistaken idea of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

        • Jonny Ninja

          It does include such speech.. You see, “Ray” is a MORON.

        • Richard_Iowa

          There is no constitutional right to not be insulted. The Libs don’t know this, however. While I probably would not repeat publically his description of a glassectomy, I will say that I thought it was pretty funny, in the generic sense mind you.

    • John

      If he’s not, you should prove it to him and invite him to throw down with you!

    • Wool-Free-Vision

      “a total embarrassment to amateur wresting”

      He is a MMA Fighter, not an amateur wrestler. I quoted that text because at first glance I missed the “amateur” part and thought you were accusing someone of being an embarassment to PROFESSIONAL wrestling, and the irony just cracked me up.

    • Shirley

      Dear Mr. President; I heard you say you will not guarantee SS checks if the debt ceiling isn’t raised… Why is it the scare always has to do with SS, Medicare, & our Soldiers Pay ??? Why not stop your pay, your staff, or Congress ??? Lets hold the paychecks of all house & senate members and see how fast they resolve this mess… If you agree repost this & keep it going across the whole USA !!!.

      • john martin

        volkmann is totally correct!!!

  • LoisAnne

    I guess they don’t have freedom of speech in White Bear Lake~!!!

    • What Next?

      I guess a double-standard exists!

    • jp


    • Bryan S.

      Reminder: “Freedom of speech” protects you from the govt. – it doesn’t protect you from all consequences of any speech.

      • Doug S.

        But aren’t public schools part of the government?

        Sure, right up to and until you step out of the Party Line.

        Are not institutions of learning the last bastion of free will and free speech?

        Yeah! Right! Anyone that believes that also needs a window installed in their colon.

  • Chris Jackson

    How many people commenting here are hypocrites and would have supported someone bashing Bush a few years ago?

    • Maxx

      Most of them.

      • What Next?

        It’s o.k., if a democrat says something like this, but a republican….no freakin’ way! Remember Craig Kilburn’s “Sniper’s Wanted”?!?!!

    • JS

      Where have you been the last ten years? What an ignorant fool.

    • Kermudjin

      How many people are hypocrites, criticizing these comments but going mute when something similar was said about Bush? Works both ways.

    • matthew

      so true Chris

    • oklahomabound

      Jumping on a critic of someone you support is not the issue, suggesting that people who make such critical comments should be jailed or lose their jobs is the issue, especially when their criticism is aimed at a Marxist domestic enemy like Obama. We all know the left hates America and the Constitution which they see as a roadblock to their socialist utopia, but the fact is we have free speech no matter how much the left tries to use political correctness, laws and judges to shut down speech THEY don’t like. Too bad for you because we will fight to the death to keep our rights…..and our money that you leftist continue to steal and redistribute to yourselves for votes.

    • KickEmToTheCurb

      Where were you during the Bush years? Libs were proud of publicly declaring how much they hated Bush. It was common for libs to call for the president to be killed. There were “Kill Bush” t-shirts. I know because I bought one so that libs can never deny their existence. There were video games made about killing Bush. A book was published about how to assassinate the president. Even a Nobel peace prize winner called for killing Bush. How typically liberal are you for saying that the terrorist who is infecting the WH is taking more abuse than Bush. Many Americans have learned to keep their thoughts to themselves with the community organizers demonstrated use of his Jack Boots in attempts to silence anyone who dares disagree with him or his anti-American policies. The affirmative action president came into office saying that he intended to fundamentally change this country. He has pushed his intentional devastation further than most would be possible. Now this idiot and his comrades believe that the people are stupid enough to fall for his propaganda and lies to keep him around for another for years of destruction. How typically liberal of them.

      • LLinLa

        Kickem, you might as well be talking to a brick wall; it has a higher IQ! I appreciate you preaching to the choir, don’t get me wrong, but if you expect Libs to read this and say “Hey! Maybe he’s right!” you have a better chance of Joe Biden saying something intelligent for a change. They are who they are!

  • Guy

    Was he on “company” (ie school) time or personal time?
    If it was on his own time; then they don’t even have the right to suspend him.

    Its called “Freedom of speech” … NOTHING says that it is
    “Freedom of ONLY INTELLIGENT speech” ….

    • Darlen


  • Timothy Fosseen

    Whatever happened to the 1st Ammendment? There is a thing called Freedom Of Speech. I would think he could sue the school district on this one. For one thing, he was being interviewed after a UFC fight. He wasn’t on duty as a wrestling coach at the time. But either way….1st Ammendment still applies.

    • Obama will bail out White Bear Lake Schools when they're bankrupt?

      He’s about to be VERY rich at taxpayers expense! Maybe Obama can bail out White Bear Lake after they go bankrupt?

      “Following a fight last Friday, the 31-year old White Bear Lake man was being interviewed by Joe Rogan. Volkmann told Rogan that President Obama should call him to schedule a “glass-ectomy.” Rogan then asked what a “glass-ectomy” is.”

      Hmmm. Don’t people speak during interviews? Speech. Is that protected? Do people get to waive their civil rights for an employment contract? Nope.

      • The Truth

        Is the Federal Government telling him he doesn’t have the write to speak? Because that’s what Freedom of Speech is, Einstein. The Federal Government can not limit a person’s speech, but school districts? Sure they can.

        • redneck purist

          Then why don’t they? Bush and Reagan were bashed routinely by teachers and even wished violence upon them. Why was that speech OK?

          • The Truth

            Show me an example of teachers wising violence on Bush and Reagan? i will wait patiently for whatever intellectual BS you follow up with.

            • Surly Curmudgen

              There is an association of education professors. For many years Bill Ayers was the president or head of that group. Look up their charter/mission statement and then come back and try to tell me that the public schools do not push a political agenda.

            • redneck purist

              There are no examples, thou fool. Complaints about liberals don’t get reported, or if they do, get the spike. Education is so deep in the tank for liberals that we conservative regard it as the norm. I’ve heard the stories though, too numerous to count. To think that any would, or even could make the news like this guy did, is supreme liberal naivete.

            • Greg Phillips

              Just check out the signs/posters on this web site (http://www.binscorner.com/pages/d/death-threats-against-bush-at-protests-i.html). Then, if you are intellectually honest, I will anticipate your apology.

  • Fire the Jerks in the WhiteHouse First!

    Why? Because a teacher says the current President is a loser? The problem is that Obama is.

    Maybe we should fire Biden for swearing?

    “Biden is telling President Obama at the bill signing for health care reform legislation this morning that passage of the bill is a “big f***ing deal.””

  • Obama has mush for brains?

    Maybe, but it’s funny.

    You have to admit that Obama and Biden are a pair of funny people way over their heads. It’s funny to watch how incompetent they are.

    Hey, let’s spend a trillion dollars to create shovel ready jobs. Ok, they weren’t that shovel ready after all. Hey, let’s attack Boeing for creating jobs in North Carolina! Hey, let’s put the boot to BP’s neck! Hey, let’s stop that evil oil pipeline from Canada because we’d rather buy oil from Iran!


    • david

      Just take BHO’s teleprompter away and then ask him a question. Without prepared answers he is clueless.

  • John Adams

    The liberals like Pelosi and Maxine Waters say far worse things about conservatives.

    Mean, nasty, bile-filled hatred spews from their stupid pie holes.

    • Iron Mike

      Which is nothing compared to the cheap shots made at the President, his race, his birth certificate, his race, his wife, his college background, his bowling suckage (yeah he does suck at that), and just about everythig he does.

      I find it interesting that the number of hate groups and white supremacist groups have quadrupled since 2008…and these are not formed by “liberals” so do some reading and catch up, providing you haven’t burned all your books

      • John Freiheit

        Hey can I see a link to info that hate groups have quadrupled since 2008 ? And FYI they are formed but both parties as well as people that idenitfy with niether. So the insinuation you are making is not correct.

        Please post something to back up such a bold statement.

  • Maxx

    I respect the office, but not the man that’s currently in it.

    • Larry

      I agree!!!

  • See BS

    Public Schools are State Sponsored religious institutions, and they are just forcing someone to respect their establishment or religion.

    The Public School is punishing him for “Blasphemy”

    Only David Letterman, Leno and SNL are allowed to make political jokes.

  • See BS

    Isn’t it Fascism when your employer tells you what you can and cannot say on your own time?

    Public Schools are state sponsored religious institutions and he’s in “Hot Water” for Blasphemy.

  • The Truth

    Once again, the anti-Obama contingent are proving what morons they are. The “Freedom of Speech” that you are spouting off about does not prevent school districts from disciplining you. it only prevents the FEDERAL government from limiting speech. School districts can do whatever they want.

    • See BS

      No — the State of Minnesota Constitution says the State may not impose a mode of worship on citizens of the United States.

      Public schools must follow the State constitution and they may not deprive citizens of life and liberty.

      • The Truth

        Worship? We’re talking about speech, moron. Are you another proud student of homeschooling?

        • See BS

          Public Schools are forcing people to worship liberalism, and this UFC fighter is being punished for not respecting the school district’s religious beliefs.

        • See BS

          You are aware socialists and Liberals believe in “Heaven on Earth”? Don’t you?

          Something that has never existed in the history of the planet.

          Namby Pamby land

    • matthew

      please don’t reproduce, or vote for that matter

    • Vercingetorix

      Under the incorporation doctrine based upon the due process clause of the 14th Amendment, the right to freedom of speech was incorporated by the Supreme Court of the United States against the various states in 1947 (Gitlow v. New York).

      Leftists like you only seem to love federalism when your argument requires it.

    • Jonathan Scott Fisher

      And what are they punishing him for? How does his political view have any bearing on how good of a coach he is? The two are totally unrelated issues.

  • What Next?

    Why to Ft. Leavenworth Federal Prison?

    • John_B

      Because the re-education camps haven’t been finished just yet

    • Pilgrimswalk

      Why? Becausae in the Obama-nation free speech is a federal crime. No one is allowed to disagree with the king!

  • travis

    Does the school board have the freedom of speech to fire someone who is promoting political views? Public schools have to remain 100% impartial on everything.

    I’m also a little confused about something. A few years back, after Obama was elected, he gave a speech to school children about the importance of staying in school. The right wing freaked out. Now today, here’s a guy who is making very public inflammatory political statements by night… and then coaching children at a public school by day. How is this much different? Don’t tread on me, I’m too busy treading on everyone else.

  • Mr.J

    He said glass-ectomy, ectomy means to remove, and by true definition, it would mean to remove the glass, not put it in. It should have been said like this: navel-ectomy, then put in some glass. Also, how is the butt near the navel? Shouldn’t the glass go up the rectum, you would have to cut really deep to get to the intestine, in order to….(sigh) never mind, this what you get when meat heads try to be clever……..

    • Gayle

      When you head is as far up as Obama’s it might be appropriate to cut higher up than the navel.

  • marketing

    great marketing!! We might not like it, but it is working, good or bad!! Great Job!

  • Mark

    What happend to Freedome Of Speach and to be able to Express yourself. He did not talk negative about his Job so why would the schoold district be upset its actually none of there business. The only person that needs to be fired is Obama and the guy that placed him on Admin Leave for violating his civil rights. He said nothing wron or did nothing wrong to be placed on Admin Leavi if i were him I would sue the school district.

  • bubba136

    Last time I checked We had freedom of speech, yeah right,Its only a free country as long as you do what your told. Probably not the best idea to do it on world wide TV.

  • Ralph

    Considering at the start of the Iraq war you were called a traitor for saying anything against it, there are plenty of posters thus far need the glass-ectomy.

    • Squirrel

      I was one of those. But nobody tried to fire me or put me on “administrative leave” for it. It’s called free speech. But if you criticize King Obama, you must be punished.

      Double-standard, hypocrisy, call it what you will.

  • redneck purist

    I’d love to give you a break. So an employee of a school can not even joke about that dunce in the white house who’s ruining the country? Teachers have been brainwashing students with anti-Bush and Reagan rants, insults and talk of wishing physical harm on them for years. If they had fired all those teachers then, there’d be no one left to teach. Grow a thicker skin you pansy.

  • Jay

    So do I! His comments werent any worse than others making reference to someone “not being the brightest light in the warehouse,” or ” a french fry short of being a happy meal”. He just said what a lot of people think of Obama’s handling of our country to people with no humor.

  • anti bachmann

    obama would probably kick his a*s anyways

    • Tim

      If the guy was tied up, gagged, hooded, and drugged then Obama would have a 50/50 chance of taking him.

      LOL – My 5 year old daughter could kick Odummy’s a*s

      • Jim in Houston

        She would kick Erkle’s behind easily.

  • Crazy

    What kind of example is this person setting for our children in that school and else where?


  • john

    So many ignorant people. Freedom of speech means you can say what you want when you want, but it does not mean you have freedom from any reactions or repercussions to your speech. I have an employer and cannot get on any website or blog or whatever and make statements that they feel are detrimental to their organization. I am employed by elected officials, what I can just say they are idiots and I want to dismember parts of their bodies in violent ways and oh jeez I am just joking. So this guy doesn’t think the prez is “ever going to pay attention.” Pay attention to who? Some low IQ assistant wrestling coach that does not have the judgement to express his opinions, make statements, and try to change things they way he thinks they should be in a reasonable and civil way? That sure is some insight, cut up the sitting president and shove some glass in him and his head is up his ass. Yup, you convinced me, I see your point I know want to be in your camp. The only people more ignorant than this guy are the people reacting in support of him and being even less eloquent than he is. Joe the plumber is not dangerous because of his opinions and how he wants to live, he is dangerous because he is stupid and thinks everyone should live and believe the way he does.

    • John_B

      I suppose you think the OWS crowd is acting in a reasonable manner to change things? And what do you really know about Joe the Plumber?

  • RIII

    We have become a nation of sheep led by a fascist government. We have become complacent and lazy while our Constitutional Republic is hijacked by politicians that have their best interest in mind. Now go back to your wide screen sporting events and leave the thinking to your masters.

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