Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, in an exclusive interview with the OC Register, spoke about what was going through his mind during his July 15 police chase through the streets of Costa Mesa and I don’t know if it’s all a ploy to help him during his upcoming trial or whether it’s legitimate. What I do know, however, is that it’s pretty f’n ridiculous:
He said he thought he was on a mission to save a friend – who had recently lost his faith in God – and was unaware that he had hit any other cars or was being pursued by a phalanx of police cars.
“I thought I heard the voice of God telling me to go save Brian,” he said in an interview today after his arraignment on two felony evading arrest charges. “I felt if I didn’t get to Brian, he would die.”
Unaware that he hit other cars? Unaware that the police were chasing him? That’s pretty ridiculous, right? But wait, it gets better. Not only did Rampage think that God was talking to him but apparently the movie “The Secret” was heavily influential during this whole ordeal as well:
And then to compound things, Jackson said, he stayed awake for most of the night before the wild pursuit watching the movie “The Secret” on his DVD player, over and over again. “The Secret” is a story about using free will to make things happen in life. The film has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show and has been used as motivation in court-ordered classes for drunken-drivers, according to Lavacot.
Jackson said he watched the movie to the end that night and saw its message in a new light. Jackson, who became a born-again Christian about four years ago, said he connected the teachings of the movie with the teachings of the Bible.
“The Bible told me to have faith,” he said. “But ‘The Secret’ taught me how to have faith.”
But then he also remembered he had loaned a copy of “The Secret” to his friend Brian Talbert, also a UFC fighter. He said he somehow got it in his mind that if he didn’t warn his friend to watch the movie all the way to the end, Brian would die.
Wow. Please tell me this is not what Rampage intends to tell the jury in the courtroom. Firstly, I believe Rampage should have plead guilty to the charges, taken his punishment, and put this whole thing behind him as quickly as possible while still taking responsibility for it. It looks bad on him and the UFC that he’s trying to use a half-assed quasi-insanity defense to get off light. To be this over the top that you have to tell a jury that you had to save your friend’s life by telling him to watch “The Secret” to the very end or else he would die is really pushing the boundaries. Rampage has money and the UFC is backing him heavily during this whole ordeal so don’t be surprised when he gets off light but this is maybe the most ridiculous way to go about things.