Here's a link to a interview Joey did with the Reno Journal-Gazette. Some highlights:
“On one of the first days we were down there, Sly told me, ‘This is not about a $1 million dollar boxing tournament,’” Gilbert said. ‘“Don’t be consumed by that. This is a reality show. You’re a smart kid. Use this environment to your advantage.’
“The people with The Contender called me and said, ‘Joey’s a little down. He’s worried about you. How would you like to surprise him and come down to the show and do a reunion thing,’” said Dr. Gilbert, who also serves at the Wolf Pack boxing club’s physician.
“It wouldn’t have meant anything if a lawyer won a truck,” Gilbert said. “But I just think when you have the opportunity to do something nice for someone, you should do it.”
And an interview after the loss to Manfredo...
“There is no animosity between me and Jesse,” said Gilbert, who is now 9-1 as a professional fighter. “Jesse just did what he had to do on the show. Jesse challenged my courage and I’m a better man for it.”
Brinkley was filmed on the show as saying that Gilbert “has a cowardly heart, like the lion in the Wizard of Oz.” He also said that Gilbert was scared.
“I was scared,” Gilbert said. “Jesse was right. That’s why I say I’m a better man for it now. I was up to the challenge.”