Women’s Caucus Urges Endeavor To Remove Dana White As UFC President While Backlash On ESPN Stirs

White was caught on video slapping his wife after she hit him first.

The California Legislative Women’s Caucus is calling for the removal of UFC President Dana White. 

In a letter to Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel, the CLWC asked for the “immediate” removal of White, following his viral footage of slapping his wife at a Mexican nightclub on New Year’s Eve. 

“Your continued silence speaks volumes,” the letter read.  

“As you once wrote: ‘Silence and inaction are not an option.’ … Every day that Mr. White’s actions go unaccounted for, your silence becomes more piercing and troubling.” 

Endeavor, the parent company of the UFC, has yet to comment on the incident, which was caught on video and reported on TMZ. 

The video shows White’s wife distraught. He grabs her wrist, and she responds by slapping him in the face. White responds with the same reaction. 

White has expressed his sorrow for his actions and said that he is “embarrassed” and doesn’t have an excuse for it.  

“There was definitely a lot of alcohol involved, but that’s no excuse,” White said when the news broke.   

“I literally am making no excuses for this at all. It’s never happened before. It’s the first time that it’s ever happened, and people are going to say what they’re going to say. It is what it is, and whatever people do say is deserved. I deserve it. It happened. I don’t know why it happened.  

“My wife and I have apologized to each other. We’ve apologized to our kids, and this is one of those things where everybody is going to chime in. I could care less what anybody else thinks about this…  

“We’re still on vacation. We’re obviously best friends, she’s my wife and we had too much to drink, and whatever happened that night happened. That was it and it was done.” 

His wife, Anne, issued a separate statement: 

“Dana and I have been married for almost 30 years,” Anne said.   

“To say this is out of character for him is an understatement — nothing like this has ever happened before. Unfortunately, we were both drinking too much on New Year’s Eve and things got out of control, on both sides.  

“We’ve talked this through as a family and apologized to each other. I just hope people will respect our privacy for the sake of our kids.” 

But not everyone has accepted White’s apology. 

In the CLWC’s letter, they recalled to White’s comments in a 2014 interview where he said, 

There’s one thing that you never bounce back from, and that’s putting your hands on a woman.” 

“The head of a major sporting organization cannot claim to be for the safety of women while a video of him striking his wife continues to circulate online without a response from you,” it read. 

“The hypocrisy is astounding. Enough is enough. It is time to remove Mr. White from his leadership role, to allow him and his partner to get the help they need while reminding the world of what Endeavor stands for and that violence against women is not a conduct that you condone.” 

Not only has the UFC and Endeavor received major backlash on its lack of acknowledgement of the incident, but ESPN too.  

NBA star Kyle Kuzma called ESPN “embarrassing” for the soft coverage on White.  

“Question to sports media why do you guys pick and choose when you blast ppl.. Dana white???? Hmmm,” Kuzma wrote on twitter. 

“ESPN’s coverage on this Dana White situation is flat out embarrassing!!!!”  

The UFC’s biggest television partner is ESPN. They reached a $1.5 billion broadcast-rights deal in 2018 and extended that agreement in 2019 to make ESPN the promotion’s exclusive pay-per-view provider. 

ESPN’s writer and editor Jeff Wagenheim tweeted that they were “told to not write anything incendiary on social media about the Dana White situation, and I understand why and have abided by that. I just ask y’all to understand that some of us at ESPN do not have as soft a take as this on domestic violence.” 

There has yet to be word of any consequences for White.  

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