March 31, 2023

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White says self-discipline for slapping spouse not wanted: ‘How does that damage me?’

Dana White is taking the blame after slapping his spouse on New Yr’s Eve. Nevertheless, the UFC president doesn’t assume formal punishment is critical.

Throughout an impromptu press convention Wednesday in Las Vegas, White – who was caught on digital camera putting his spouse, Anne, at a nightclub in Mexico – mentioned he’s already going through sufficient penalties.

“What ought to the repercussions be?” White mentioned. “You inform me. I take 30 days off. How does that damage me? … Me leaving hurts the corporate, hurts my workers, hurts the fighters. It doesn’t damage me. I might’ve left in 2016. … Do I have to mirror? No, I don’t have to mirror.”

He added: “Right here’s my punishment: I’ve to stroll round for nevertheless lengthy I reside … and that is how I’m labeled now. My different punishment is that I’m positive lots of people – whether or not or not it’s media, fighters, associates, acquaintances – who had respect for me won’t have respect for me now.

“There’s a whole lot of issues that I’m going to must cope with for the remainder of my life which are far more of a punishment than, what, I take a 30-day, 60-day absence? That’s not a punishment to me.”

White mentioned he’s had inner discussions with Ari Emanuel, the CEO of UFC father or mother firm Endeavor, and UFC broadcast companion ESPN concerning the bodily altercation together with his spouse. He mentioned “no person’s completely satisfied about this” however “it occurred and I’ve to cope with it.” Each Endeavor and ESPN have declined to publicly touch upon White’s actions.

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The 53-year-old mentioned he had by no means put his fingers on a girl earlier than the altercation together with his spouse. He requested people who find themselves defending him to cease and mentioned he’s accountable for what occurred.

“I mentioned it earlier than, and now I’m saying it after I’ve achieved it: You don’t ever do it,” White mentioned. “Don’t defend me. Don’t anyone defend me. There’s no purpose to even attempt to defend me.”

After NFL operating again Ray Rice was arrested for assaulting his fiancee in 2014, White famously mentioned, “You don’t bounce again from placing your fingers on a girl.” He mentioned Wednesday he nonetheless believes that to be true, reiterating that he’ll carry a label with him for the remainder of his life.

When requested whether or not the UFC will change the way it offers with home violence, White mentioned any future incidents involving fighters will probably be dealt with on a “case-by-case foundation.”

“Hopefully all people’s seen what’s occurring with me, and hopefully this by no means occurs,” White mentioned. “However on the finish of the day, we’re all human beings, all of us make errors, and all you are able to do is attempt to get well from the errors that you simply make in life. … Now we have lots of people round right here that make a whole lot of errors, and I’m one among them.”

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