On a 2013 episode of the JRE, host Joe Rogan criticized Fallon Fox, the first openly transgender athlete in MMA history, for entering a fight without informing her opponent, and for having a man's bone density, and other attributes, in a WMMA fight.
When Rogan endorsed Bernie Sanders, a number of media outlets unearthed the old series, and cherry-picked seemingly controversial comments. However, during a recent JRE, Rogan responded.
"What was fascinating to me was that these people like f***ing CNN printed something saying I was homophobic and transphobic, there's a clip that they're using that's completely out of context," said Rogan, as transcribed by Daniel Cleary for Dexerto. "if there are some trans people listening to this, I've got nothing but love for you, for everybody."
"The video they are using is me saying, 'you're a f***ing man.' I definitely shouldn't have used those words. But this person was a man for 30 years, transitioned to become a woman for 2 years, and then started fighting women, didn't tell them she used to be a man and was smashing girls, she literally broke this girl's skull."
"Here's the thing, if she disclosed it and everyone knew I'm 100% okay with it. If you want to do that and you're a woman, it's your choice to fight a trans woman and see how you do."
"I'm not [transphobic]. This has only to do with athletics, in terms of your gender identity and who you are and what you want to do I don't care, and specifically, my wheelhouse which is fighting, there is a gigantic physical advantage that men have."