Dana White’s name has been in the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. A video surfaced online that showed Dana White slapping his wife twice after she slapped him once. The incident took place on New Year’s Eve and the video of the incident went viral on social media with many criticizing the UFC President for his actions.
At a recent UFC press conference, Dana White stood by his words that “you never bounce back from putting your hands on a woman.” This was the first time that he addressed the matter publicly.
“What should the repercussions be? You tell me. 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 sit it out. It’s much like COVID actually. Me leaving hurts the company, hurts my employees, hurts the fighters. It doesn’t hurt me. I could’ve left in 2016. You know what I mean? I don’t know. Do I need to reflect? No, I don’t need to reflect. The next morning when I woke up (I reflected). I’ve been against this. I’ve owned this. I’m telling you that I’m wrong,” White said.
Dana White continued to say that the incident has been discussed internally and nobody is happy about it. However, he hinted that he hasn’t been punished by Endeavor for his actions. He also noted that he might have lost the respect of his peers.
“But listen, we’ve had plenty of discussions internally, with (Endeavor CEO) Ari (Emanuel), with ESPN. Nobody is happy. 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: I have to walk around for however long I live – Is it 10.4 years, or is another 25 years? – and this is how I’m labeled now. My other punishment is I’m sure a lot of people, whether it be media, fighters, friends, acquaintances, who had respect for me, might not have respect for me now.”
While many people criticized Dana White for his actions, he also received a lot of support from people who stated that he was slapped first. However, the UFC President doesn’t see things that way and has urged his fans to not support him.
“There’s only one side of this. It’s my side. There’s never a reason or an excuse for what happened on New Year’s Eve to ever happen – period. I’m 53. I’ll be 54 this summer. I’ve never done it. I’ve never put my hands on a woman in my life, other than my sister when we used to try to kill each other when we were little. Other than that, this is the first time it’s ever happened, and I guarantee you it’ll never happen again. Nobody should be defending me. There aren’t two sides to the story. There’s only my side,” Dana White said.
Dana White should consider himself lucky to not receive any repercussions for his action. He got off with basically just a slap on his wrist and still seems to have the support of the fans. Stay tuned to Thirsty For News for similar stories.
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