Morning Report by Stephen A. Smith: Dana White must be punished but can’t make the decision.


Dana White surprised the media with an appearance at UFC Vegas 67 media day this week to address the altercation with his wife from New Year’s Eve.

White, his wife Anne White and himself were caught video-dancing in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. He was then hit with a slap before retaliating by threatening multiple others. On media day, the UFC boss didn’t alter his tune and continued to admit his wrongdoings since his last vacation.

White stated that he will have to deal with his actions throughout his entire life, regardless of any punishment he might receive as UFC president. As of right now, no real repercussions have been imposed aside from Power Slap League’s TBS launch date getting delayed one week from Jan. 11 to Jan. 18.

There have been many supporters within the community of White’s actions despite the fact he’s reiterated what he did was indefensible and that he shouldn’t be defended. ESPN — the platform that carries the UFC — has received heaps of criticism since the altercation, including longtime personality Stephen A. Smith who clarified his initial comments yesterday.

“What I didn’t like about what Dana White did was how he was speaking about, ‘Okay, what would you have happen? It was not the right thing to say. That’s No. 1,” Smith said on First Take.

“No. 2, I want to get into this … I’ve already stated for the record, No. 1, I spoke to Dana White, Dana White knows exactly where I stand. I was incorrect. It is not a good idea to touch a woman. Period. Okay? Okay? Someone would be suspended for six month. Somebody would get suspended for a year. Can you see my point? Do you think I advocate cancel culture? Would you like him to be fired from his job? That .”

is not my fault.

The UC’s Code of Conduct explicitly highlights the punishments that can be enacted in domestic violence-related cases, however it doesn’t seem to have been used for many years. It’s not too late for anything additional to come of the White family incident, it’s just a matter of how and who it may come from.

“Married 27 years to his wife, his wife spoke about this issue as well,” Smith said. “They’re working it out as a family, it’s a family matter, it’s a private matter but became public. The fact of the matter is, at the end of the day, Dana White was wrong. He did not act in a way that was righteous to his wife. This he openly admits. Is he deserved to be punished for his actions? He does. Does he deserve to be the person who decides what his punishment is? No, he does not. Someone else must be able make the call. That is exactly what I meant. I never said he should be allowed to punish himself.

“His punishment should fit what he would exact against other people. I don’t even think Dana White disagrees with that because I haven’t spoken to him since.”


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Alex Caceres (20-13) vs. Nate Landwehr (16-4); UFC San Antonio, March 25

Gegard Mousasi (49-8-2) vs. Fabian Edwards (11-2); Bellator Paris, May 12

Sidney Outlaw (16-5) vs. Mansour Barnaoui (20-4); Bellator Paris, May 12

Saul Rogers (15-5) vs. Davy Gallon (21-8-2); Bellator Paris, May 12

Thibault Gouti (16-6) vs. Kane Mousah (14-4); Bellator Paris, May 12

A.J. McKee (20-1) vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (24-11); Bellator TBD


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