Dana White addresses the media for the first time after the infamous new years eve slap, as he rejects any punishment for his actions.
UFC President, Dana White, understands the consequences that come with slapping his wife at a new year’s eve party. But, still White doesn’t believe a punishment such as a suspension makes sense for the company.
Ahead of UFC Vegas 67, White sat front and center to the media where he explained what shouldn’t be next as all eyes are on him.
“What should the repercussions be? You tell me,” White said. “I take 30 days off? How does that hurt me? I told you guys when we were going through COVID, COVID could last 10 years. I could have sat it out. It’s much like COVID, actually. Me leaving hurts the company, hurts my employees, hurts the fighters.”
“I’m sure you guys have seen the TMZ video and have seen my interview,” White said. “It was obviously a horrible personal experience. There’s no excuses for it. It’s something I’m going to have to deal with and live with for the rest of my life. One thing I do want to clarify that I didn’t talk about on TMZ because I didn’t expect it and didn’t see coming are the people that are defending me.”
While White claims there are many who have come to his defense, others such as comedian DL Hughley can agree and highlighted the double-standards via various social media posts. “What can BROWN do for you?” Apparently not a damn thing! If that had been a brotha, it’d be NONSTOP coverage, dredging up a playground fight from the 3rd grade, scouring old tweets, you name it. #DanaWhite ‘s ENTIRE LIFE is immersed in brutal , physical violence, he’s amassed a fortune from it. Where are the salacious headlines?? Where’s the pressure?? Ohhhhh, he apologized🙄 #WhitePrivilege (PUN INTENDED) scores a 1st round knockout yet again. #TeamDL,” Hughley wrote on Instagram.
The outspoken Hughley also mentioned the likes of Chris Brown, Antonio Brown and Bobby Brown, citing if it was them instead of Dana White the media would have had no mercy. Another comedian in Jamie Foxx agrees with Hughley as he commented, “F****** preach!”
Just as he did on TMZ, Dana White accepts all criticism and agrees with those who don’t defend his actions. “Nobody is happy about this. Neither am I. But it happened and I have to deal with it. What is my punishment? Here’s my punishment,” said White. “This is how I’m labeled now. My other punishment is that I’m sure a lot of people, whether it be the media, fighters, friends, acquaintances who had respect for me, might not have respect for me now. There’s a lot of things that I’m a have to deal with for the rest of my life that are way more of a punishment than what I take a 30-day, 60-day absence.”