International Brotherhood of Teamsters President Sean O’Brien said he is willing to sit down for a discussion with Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK.) but only if he gets to wear his football equipment because the lawmaker threatened to bite him if they were to ever have a fistfight.
“It was the most bizarre thing I have ever seen. First, he said ‘We’re consenting adults,’ which is bizarre, because it sounded like he wanted to date me. Then he asked to fight me. And I’m hearing now he wanted to bite me,” O’Brien said during an interview on Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto‘ Thursday.
“I have no problem sitting down with anybody. I would have no problem sitting down with Senator Mullin,” he added. “I will wear my football equipment because I don’t want to get bit, shot or caned, for that matter. So I will have to protect myself.”
O’Brien’s comments come after the feud between him and Mullin nearly turn physical earlier this week during a hearing on labor unions in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.
Mullin used his time to press O’Brien about tweets he posted after a previous hearing calling him a “greedy CEO,” a “clown” and a “fraud ” before challenging him to a physical fight.
Mullin, a former MMA fighter, has doubled down despite criticism about his conduct at the hearing.
In a podcast appearance on Wednesday he said he is willing to “bite” O’Brien if they were to fight, according to Newsweek.
“I’m not afraid of biting. I will bite,” Mullin said. “I’ll bite 100 percent. In a fight, I’m gonna bite. I’ll do anything. I’m not above it, and I don’t care where I bite, by the way, it’s just…gonna be a biting.”