"I in no way regret standing up for myself," former wrestler Mark Schultz posted on Facebook following a social media tirade blasting Foxcatcher's director

By Jeff Nelson
Updated January 02, 2015 06:20 PM
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Mark Schultz, the real-life Olympic wrestler whose life is portrayed in the Oscar-hopeful Foxcatcher, took to social media over the holidays to blast the movie’s director, Bennett Miller.

Schultz, who is played by Channing Tatum, called Miller a “punk,” “pussy” and “liar” and said his “legacy” as a filmmaker was jeopardized by Foxcatcher.

Schultz took particular offense to movie critics who inferred he may have had a homoerotic relationship with John du Pont (played by Steve Carell), the eccentric, millionaire athletic sponsor who went on to kill Schultz’s brother David (played by Mark Ruffalo) – and he blames the director for those hints.

He also accuses Miller of portraying him as “an inarticulate meathead” who was “emotionally fragile” and “insecure,” and Tweeted on Dec. 20: “#Foxcatcher couldn’t have portrayed me more inaccurately if they tried.” (Shultz, who is now a life coach, originally backed the film until the gay rumors began upon its release.)

Schultz later deleted his more insulting posts on Facebook and Twitter and apologized for his harsh language, posting on Facebook Thursday:

“My story and my life are real. I am a real human being. While I may have tweeted out of anger, I in no way regret standing up for myself, nor do I regret calling out the only other man who has had decision making power concerning my image and legacy these past years. I apologize for the harshness of my language, but I am firm in where I stand. I will gladly go to any lengths to protect and safeguard the integrity and truth of my story, my life, my character and my legacy. If that’s not worth fighting over while I’m still alive, I don’t know what is.”

However, the former Olympian still supports the film’s talent, alluding to Oscar buzz when he posted on Facebook Monday: “The actors HAVE TO WIN.”