Corey Graves explains his online rant towards CM Punk Submitted by Aaron Rift on 06/10/2018 at 10:04 AM
As previously noted, Corey Graves sent several tweets that were critical of CM Punk following Punk’s UFC 225 loss to Michael Jackson.
In an interview with FightFul.com, Corey Graves commented on a rumor that CM Punk gave an ultimatum to several of his friends in WWE that they leave the company or lose him as a friend. Graves said the following:
”Well, to be honest, I’d never heard or been given that ultimatum," said Graves. "It kinda shocked me when I texted him about grabbing dinner because we were in Chicago and he told me he no longer had any interest in being friends with me or anybody related to WWE.”
Graves continued, “I respected his drive, and him doing his own thing. He sent me the text shortly before his first fight. Part of me just thought he was in a zone and I didn’t take offense. I texted him the day of his FIRST fight something along the lines of ‘I know life is nuts, I still love you good luck’ Probably not verbatim, but you get the idea.”
Graves explained what made him send out the Twitter messages:
"My only issue with him was that he turned off people that actually loved and supported him. Beyond ‘the business’ and he never wanted anything to do with us...yet continued to present himself as this ‘Punk’ hero.”
Graves added, "I’m simply hurt/pissed off that a guy that I looked like as a big brother-type has turned his back on me and everyone that loved and supported him only because of the name on my paycheck. I’m definitely not the only one. I won’t name names, but there is a large group of us to this day that inexplicably lost a solid friend because of where we work."
Graves responded to some fans on Twitter as well:
My loyalty? Oh, would you like the BEFORE? Or AFTER? I’ve got both.
I mean, one can only be shit on by their “best friend” for so long before they smarten up, no?
But it’s cool. I’m sure you love Kenny Omega. And you know more about this business and friendship than I do. 😉