UFC boss Dana White says he is embarrassed and mortified after video showed him hitting his wife at a party in Mexico on New Year’s Eve.
UFC boss Dana White has admitted he’s embarrassed and ashamed after a video surfaced of him beating his 30-year-old wife during a drunken New Year’s Eve party in Mexico.
In a video that has received worldwide acclaim, White is seen slapping his wife in the face after she first hit him after he whispered in her ear at a Cabo nightclub.
The embattled UFC boss confirmed alcohol was a factor but insisted there was simply no excuse for his behavior and expected harsh criticism.
“I’m one of those guys, you know you’ve heard me say for years, there’s never an excuse for a man to put his hands on a woman, and now I’m here on TMZ talking about it,” White told TMZ .
“There was definitely a lot of alcohol involved, but that’s no excuse. I literally do not apologize for this at all.
“It’s never happened before, it’s the first time it’s happened.
“People will say what they will say. It is what it is. Whatever people say, it’s deserved, I deserve it. It happened, I don’t know why it happened, and my wife and I have apologized to each other and to our children.
“Everyone will interfere, but I don’t care what everyone else thinks about it. Right now we are more concerned about what our children are and how we take care of our family.”
White said the minute-long video clip from the nightclub was “the beginning and the end of it,” adding he’s still on vacation with his family in Mexico.
“We’re still on vacation,” he said.
“My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years, we’ve known each other since we were 12, we’ve obviously been through some shit together and we have three kids and this is one of those horrible situations, I’m embarrassed, but it’s also one of those situations where we’re more worried about our kids right now.
“Obviously we’ve been showing the kids the video since the video surfaced and we’re more focused on our family now.
“People will have opinions on this and most people’s opinions will be correct, especially in my case, you never put your hands on a woman.
“My wife and I obviously love each other, we’ve been together a really long time, we’ve known each other since we were very little, and this is just one of those unfortunate situations.
“I don’t remember much.
“Listen, nobody knows you better than your children know you. They grow up with you in your house, they see everything, they hear everything, they know everything.
“Everyone always asks me questions, do I care, do I care, and my answer is always the same, my legacy and all these other things at work mean nothing to me, it’s all about your family. It’s about your wife and children.
“Even in this situation everyone will have an opinion, we’re just worried about our family and our focus right now is on our children.
“But me and my wife are cool, we are good.”
Originally published as UFC News 2023: Dana White was caught in a video slapping her wife
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