In the past UFC boss Dana White has been outspoken in his and the UFC’s intolerance for domestic violence.
After NFL running back Ray Rice was arrested for assaulting his fiancé in 2014, White spoke out vehemently against domestic abusers in the sports world. White said, “There’s one thing that you never bounce back from and that’s putting your hands on a woman. Been that way in the UFC since we started here. You don’t bounce back from putting your hands on a woman.”
It sounds great, right?
Except White was caught on video this week slapping his wife of 26 years during an argument.
Since then, the UFC leader has issued an apology telling TMZ, “My wife and I were out Saturday night on New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, that is what happened. I am one of the guys who says there is never, ever an excuse for a guy to put his hands on a woman and now here I am on TMZ talking about it.
He added, “This is one of those situations that is horrible. I am embarrassed. We have three kids and since the video popped up, we have shown the kids and we are more focused on our family right now. People are going to have their opinions on this and people’s opinions would be right, especially in my case. You don’t put your hands on a woman, ever.”
White’s wife said that the slap was out of character for him, and that “nothing like this has ever happened before.”