Retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink defends 'good guy' Joe Rogan over racial slur row
Following the latest controversy relating to resurfaced clips of Joe Rogan utilizing a racial slur, a regular visitor of 'The Joe Rogan Experience', retired US Navy SEAL Jocko Willink, voiced his support for the podcast host on Sunday, 6 February.
Willink, who has appeared on 'The Joe Rogan Experience' five times, urged people to not be judgmental and destructive at all expenses in a video message
Around 70 episodes of Joe Rogan’s podcast went mysteriously missing from Spotify. The streaming platform Spotify faced heavy criticism over the disappeared videos, however, the company cleared that there is no apparent link between the two.
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Willink, co-founder of Echelon Front, is a leadership instructor, speaker, and executive coach. He also hosts 'Jocko Podcast', which is a popular series on iTunes. He has 20 years of service with US Navy SEAL Teams. He started as an enlisted SEAL and became a SEAL officer later. During his career, Jocko was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and numerous other awards.
"I wanted to take a minute to talk to you about my friend Joe and talk to you about something that's going on in the world that I don't think is very good for us," Willink opened his video address.
"So my friend Joe, well, he's a good guy," Willink said.
"He's good in a bunch of different ways. He's a good athlete, kind of a meathead, I guess, like me, he cares about his health and he works out, stays in good shape. He knows how to fight. He's got a bunch of physical prowess, but he's also smart and he's curious and he reads a bunch and he talks to all different kinds of people all the time."
"And he's a very successful individual," the former Navy SEAL stated of the stand-up comedian. "He's made a bunch of money. He has some cool business ventures. He's been on some TV shows. And of course, he's a really funny guy. That's I think what he was first known for, for being funny, for being hilarious."
"But Joe can also be a serious guy. He can be introspective, and those are great qualities for a person to have."
"My friend Joe is smart and athletic and rich and articulate, and he's got a beautiful family, and he's got a pretty cool life," he continued. "It's pretty impressive."
"And he's always been cool to me. And he opened up his world and helped me out along the way," Willink explained. "And not just me, he's helped all kinds of people, all kinds of people from all kinds of different backgrounds. Because he's a nice guy; because he's a nice guy with a good heart."
"And I've known him for a long time," Willink said in the video. "I've known Joe before he was who he is, and I've seen him behind the scenes in normal situations. And he's just a genuinely nice guy with a good heart. And maybe that's why even with all of his success and all that he does for people, he's still humble."
"He's self-deprecating and modest, and he never asks for anything in return from me," Willink continued. "He's just a really good guy in a really good spot in life."
"He's the kind of guy that if you're not careful, you might become jealous of," Willink warned, but added, "But if you ever actually meet him, you'll realize that he's worked hard to get where he is, and he's thankful for his success, and he's thankful for the people that helped him along the way."