Hollywood stars Jamie Foxx and D.L. Hughley are frustrated by the lack of media coverage surrounding Dana White’s physical altercation with his wife on New Year’s Eve.
A video obtained by TMZ showed the UFC president getting into a verbal spat that turned physical with his wife of nearly 30 years at a Cabo San Lucas nightclub. Seconds into the video, Anne, White’s wife, is observed delivering a slap to her husband’s face. White then retaliated, delivering what appeared to be two open-handed strikes of his own. While the video clip has been the talk of the MMA community for the past week, the lack of media coverage has been rather light and especially troubling.
Famous stand-up comic and radio show host D.L. Hughley took to Instagram to share his frustration regarding the lack of coverage, suggesting that if Dana White were a black man, the media would have a much more aggressive take on the domestic dispute.
“What can BROWN do for you?” Apparently not a damn thing!” Hughley commented. “If that had been a brotha, it’d be NONSTOP coverage, dredging up a playground fight from the 3rd grade, scouring old tweets, you name it. #DanaWhite ‘s ENTIRE LIFE is immersed in brutal , physical violence, he’s amassed a fortune from it. Where are the salacious headlines?? Where’s the pressure?? Ohhhhh, he apologized. #WhitePrivilege (PUN INTENDED) scores a 1st round knockout yet again.”
Academy award winner Jamie Foxx shared his support for Hughley’s statement in the comments section of the post.
Things have seemingly been business as usual for Dana White despite backlash from fans and fighters. The UFC’s parent company Endeavor recently declined to comment on the matter while an employee for ESPN revealed that the organization strongly encouraged its employees to avoid posting anything incendiary on social media regarding White.
Renowned MMA journalist Ariel Helwani called out his former employer for the double standard they are establishing by shying away from covering White’s New Year’s Eve incident.
“I can guarantee you, if this was someone in his position in any other sport, any other league… I can guarantee you if it was any other sports owner, any other executive, he would be raked over the coals,” Helwani stated on a recent episode of The MMA Hour.