With the entire sporting world wrapped up in the sordid story of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and the videotaped assault of his wife, UFC President Dana White could have easily taken the high-road and issued a ‘no comment’ when he was recently asked to give his opinion on FOX Sports 1. But, as we all know, that’s not really Dana White’s style, so he offered up this to those in attendance:
“If Roger Goodell saw that video, knew that’s what happened, knew Ray Rice did that to his fiancee, he should just get up and leave on his own.”
What White is alluding to is the allegation that the NFL and its Commissioner Roger Goodell had access to the entire Ray Rice assault video months before it had leaked to the public. Initially the NFL had condemned Rice and issued him a 2 game suspension when a shorter, less brutal version of the video had gone viral. With the full video going public, which displays a vicious and seemingly unprovoked attack, critics of the NFL are asking why the league commissioner didn’t hand down a stiffer punishment to Rice. As it currently stands, Goodell and the NFL have suspended Rice indefinitely and are cooperating with officials in a criminal investigation.
While White’s comments may seem ironic to some (he is after all the President of the world’s largest professional fighting organization) public sentiment seems to be consistent with his line of thinking. It’s worth noting however that when the UFC’s Thiago Silva was arrested and put under investigation for threatening the life of his estranged wife, White released him from the UFC immediately, famously stating that Silva, “will never fight in the UFC again”. Of course, just a couple weeks ago after the charged were dropped against Silva, he signed a new agreement to fight in the UFC.
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