Dana White says he will not be stepping away from his role as the UFC president or be punished after he slapped his wife at a club twice.
“I’m sure you guys have seen the TMZ video [of the slap] and have seen my interview,” White begins. “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.”
But as far as any repercussions, White says he will not be accepting any punishments.
“Listen, we’ve had plenty of discussions internally with Ari [Emanuel, the Endeavor CEO], ESPN. Nobody’s happy. Nobody’s happy about this. Neither am I, but it happened and I have to deal with it. What is my punishment? You’re my punishment. I’ve got to walk around for however long I live, whether it’s 10.4 years or 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. There’s a lot of things I’m going to 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. That’s not a punishment to me. The punishment is that I did it and now I have to deal with it.”
Should he be punished?
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