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UFC Legend BJ Penn Calls CTE Part Of A 'Fake' Plot To 'Cover Up Murders'

UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn raised some eyebrows after a recent Instagram comment questioning a prominent brain disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association defines CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) as a progressive and fatal brain disease associated with repeated traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions and repeated blows to the head. It is also associated with the development of dementia.

The existence of CTE is not a controversial topic, but thanks to social media, conspiracy theories and other anti-science beliefs are peddled far and wide.

The retired fighter (16-14-2) previously called CTE “as fake as the coronavirus” and recently got called out by Politifact for another questionable post claiming Dr. Anthony Fauci “doesn’t exist.” 

Dr. Fauci existed at the time of his post, still does exist, and served as the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases from 1984 to 2022.

BJ Penn: CTE Is Used To ‘Cover Up Murders’

On Monday, Penn floated the notion that CTE is fake. Taking things a step (or three) further, he believes this very-real medical condition is a front to “cover up murders.” 

“Do I have to keep telling you how fake CTE is?” Penn commented. “Ali, Frazier, Norton, Foreman, Hagler, Duran, Leonard, and Hearns never had it and they got a million times more than me each. CTE lies are a to cover up murders. Don’t make me tell you again kid.”

Penn entered the UFC’s Hall of Fame as its inaugural modern-era inductee. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters in UFC history, winning titles at lightweight and welterweight.

Penn has had a rocky road away from fighting since announcing his retirement. A failed campaign for Governor of Hawaii kicked off a rough start to a budding political career on the islands.

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