While Dana While says losing his perch in the UFC wouldn’t be punishment for him, Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel has come under fire from the California Legislative Women’s Caucus for continued silence after a leaked video was showed the sports boss punched his wife at a New Year’s Eve party in Mexico. .
“Every day that Mr. White’s actions go unnoticed, your silence becomes more piercing and disturbing,” the influential Golden State political group said in a letter to Emanuel posted online.
“In the days since the video was released, you have remained silent,” said group chair Senator Nancy Skinner and Assembly Deputy Speaker Cecilia Aguiar-Curry on behalf of 17 women senators. State and 32 Assemblywomen.
“Your continued silence speaks volumes,” they noted before turning the Mel Gibson and Kanye West Emanuel critic’s words back on him. “As you once wrote: ‘Silence and inaction are not an option.'”
“At this point thousands of young men, women and adults around the world have seen the video of Mr. White punching his wife,” the correspondence also states. “We also saw his apologies. What we haven’t seen are the consequences of his actions. As CEO of Endeavour, the parent company of the UFC, you have the power to decide who runs the UFC, which is one of the most watched sports leagues in the world, with millions of fans across the world. Mr. White is not only the outside face of the UFC, he is also the leader who sets expectations for athletes,” said the scathing correspondence of the lucrative professional wrestling franchise that is the crown jewel. of Endeavour.
Reps for Endeavor haven’t taken a peek at White since the NYE video went viral last week. The company did not respond today to Deadline’s request for comment on this latest chapter in a sordid tale.
White, however, had his own thoughts on the situation that he shared with reporters ahead of UFC Fight Night 217 on Jan. 14. According to the extreme sports boss, he has been punished enough and his exit would hurt everyone, more than him.
“What should be the repercussions? You tell me. I take 30 days off? White asked reporters at a media event on Wednesday. “How does that hurt me? My departure harms the company. Hurts my employees. Hurts fighters. It doesn’t hurt me.
“Do I need to think? No, I don’t need to think. ..I own this. I tell you I’m wrong” he added – – as you can see in the video below.
White acknowledged that he spoke about the incident with his boss Emanuel and “no one is happy about it”. As for punishment, “I must walk as long as I live…and that’s how I’m labeled now.”
And “a lot of people, be it media, fighters, friends, acquaintances who respected me might not respect me now. There’s a lot of things that I’m going to have to deal with for the rest of my life that are more of a punishment than, what, I’m taking a 30-60 day absence? » Watch the video below.
As California lawmakers and others have pointed out, Emanuel has often staked high moral ground in building Endeavour, most recently calling on companies doing business with Kanye West to end ties with the rapper after an anti-Semitic rant. In 2010, he severed ties with WME client Mel Gibson after racial slurs.
“Given Mr. White’s previous remarks against domestic violence, we believe that Endeavor and the UFC share this commitment to safety, respect and responsibility,” said the January 9 letter from the bipartisan caucus to Emmanuel. “You yourself have written extensively about the need to speak up and take action when we see things that are inconsistent with our values,” added Senator Skinner and Assembly Deputy Speaker Aguiar- Curry to Emanuel. “And yet we saw the video of UFC President Dana White hitting his wife at a New Years Eve celebration with a clenched fist. We were appalled. It was alarming to say the least.
Video footage released by TMZ of an argument on the balcony of a VIP suite at the Cabo San Lucas nightclub in Mexico shows White’s wife Anne slapping him after he grabbed her wrist. White then punches his wife in the face in response before the couple are separated by other partygoers.
One of the immediate consequences of the incident is that TBS pushed back the premiere of White’s Power Slapping League until January 18. It’s not that hitting his wife or the postponement embarrassed an iron-eared white man for promoting the company on social media: