You can't undo a major surgery.
Brock Lesnar called yesterday. He's pissed. The Ultimate Fighting Heavyweight Champion of the World is being told he should talk fighting, not health care. "I'm not going to shut up about this," Brock stated, rather emphatically during our conversation, "I'm an American. I'm guaranteed the right to express my opinion. And I'm stating it loud and clear, because I experienced something that I want to talk about. If I was a recovering drug addict, people would want to hear my story. Well, I survived something, and I went through --first hand-- the problems in the health care system, and I want to talk about it."
Although the media has reported the story about Brock's decision to bolt out of the Canadian hospital in Manitoba and have his wife Rena drive at 100 MPH to get across the United States border, no one has explained just how close the current UFC Heavyweight Champion of the World was to being forced into retirement. No goodbye match. No farewell tour. Nothing. Just retirement. Boom, your career is over. Thank you, we appreciate all your hard work, hope you enjoy the royalty checks from the video game you're in. By the way, can you please return the title belt? And that's just the business/financial end of it. The personal toll would be enormous, too.
You can't undo a major surgery. If the doctors in Canada had decided to amputate one of Brock's arms or legs, the damage they would be doing to his career would be the same as the surgery they wanted to perform. "I entered the hospital around 4am on a Saturday morning," Brock recalls, "and I spent two nights there. No one talks about that. Their CT machine was broken, and they were waiting for a replacement. They could not take a picture of my stomach. If they would have had the ability to take the picture, they would have seen I had holes inside me. If I stayed at that Canadian hospital, at best I would have been retired and would have to wear a colostomy bag. At worst, I could have died."