This is the Dana White video in question for those who missed it. Pick an athlete, owner or coach in ANY other sport that could be caught on video slapping their wife and it just kinda goes away. pic.twitter.com/wwyw6M7Q2P
— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) January 3, 2023
— Fiona Cootz (@ficootz) January 3, 2023
I remember one time the richest black man in history said “I can say anti-Semitic things and Adidas can’t drop me.”
That turned out to not be true.
UFC president Dana White has said he will have to carry a “label” after being filmed slapping his wife, but suggested that he will not be formally punished by the organization or its parent company.
Facing the media on Wednesday ahead of UFC Vegas 67 this weekend, White was apologetic but said he had “owned” the incident in which he was seen slapping his partner Anne on New Year’s Eve at a nightclub in Cabo, Mexico, after she had slapped him when he took hold of her wrist.
White said that meting out punishment to him would inflict more damage on others in the organization.
“What should the repercussions be? I take 30 days off? How does that hurt me?… Me leaving hurts the company, hurts my employees, hurts the fighters. It doesn’t hurt me,” said the UFC boss amid calls for him to be disciplined.
“Do I need to reflect? No, I don’t need to reflect… I’ve been against this. I’ve owned this. I’m telling you that I’m wrong.”
White said he had discussed the situation with Ari Emanuel, who is the CEO of UFC parent company Endeavor, as well as broadcast partner ESPN.
You’ll remember that Ari Emmanuel was one of the top people demanding Ye’s entire life be ruined for questioning the Jews.
In theory, hitting an uppity slut should be a much bigger violation than saying Jews are powerful. But Emmanuel is directly involved in this situation, and isn’t worried about it.
It will be interesting to see if other Jews come in and manage to shut down Dana. It would in some ways be much bigger than shutting down Ye, as UFC is much bigger than Yeezy and there is probably no one who can run the league other than Dana, who basically built it up around his own personality.