UFC president Dana White sounded off on Floyd Mayweather during his Feb. 21 “presidential” speech on Fuel TV. During his rant, White called Mayweather a racist, using Floyd’s recent comments about Jeremy Lin as an example.
“Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian,” Mayweather tweeted about the emerging NBA superstar. “Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.”
Like many, White seems to think criticizing someone of a different race makes you a racist, even though Mayweather didn’t throw any insults at Jeremy Lin or the Asian community in his tweet.
Mayweather’s comments are ignorant, given the fact he decided to ignore the many other factors that contributed to Lin’s overnight celebrity status, but I refuse to classify him with a word I personally reserve for the truly bad apples amongst us.
Mayweather advisor Leonard Ellerbe didn’t appreciate White’s rant, and he quickly fired back at the UFC boss.
“He needs to shut the [expletive] up and mind his own business, stay in his own lane and keep on taking advantage of the UFC fighters, while underpaying them,” Ellerbe said in an interview with Yahoo sports. “If he keeps on running his mouth, we may decide to give a free seminar to all of the UFC fighters on how the pay-per-view revenue should be distributed. This is typical Dana, who is always prone to ignorant outbursts. He should be the last person to try to judge someone else.”
I actually have a lot of respect for White as a business man, but I find his outburst against Mayweather very hypocritical. White didn’t seem to have a problem with UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen calling Brazilians a “piglet tribe of savages,” yet I’m supposed to believe he’s truly offended by Mayweather’s comments?
Call me cynical, but I think the fact the UFC is only a few days away from a huge event in Japan has a lot to do with White’s comments.