Assemblyman Reilly weighs in on lawsuit here:
Assemblyman Robert Reilly, D-Latham, Albany County, dismissed Zuffa’s lawsuit as 'nonsense,' but said it’s ultimately up for a judge to decide.
'To claim that this is a form of expression in any way I think just contradicts common sense,' said Reilly, who has been consistently critical of mixed-martial arts. 'The UFC people have been saying for several years that it was inevitable that this would become legal in New York, and that simply hasn’t happened. The people of New York, I think, don’t want it.'More from Reilly here:
Reilly said, 'When you put two human beings into a ring and say, fight until one knocks the other out, and then a death occurs, that's not art, and that's not freedom of expression.'
He cited at least one death that occurred after a fighter was knocked out. When it came to calling the sport, ‘art,’ he added, “It would almost be humorous if it wasn't so serious.'
Assemblyman Bob Reilly (D-Albany), a leading opponent of MMA, said the lawsuit was a 'desperate' effort to circumvent the Legislature.
'You know art when you see it and you know that this is not art,' said Reilly.Update # 2 11-16:
Here is my attempt to breakdown the lawsuit on SiriusXM yesterday in simple terms.