Despite getting arrested last Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence, UFC president Dana White states featherweight Ross Pearson (Pictured) will not be punished by the organization for his indiscretion.
“I talked to him on the phone the day that he got out. We’re gonna help him through it,” White said following Thursday’s press conference. “That [expletive] happens every day. There’s so much [expletive] that happens that you don’t know about.
“We’re all human beings. Don’t jump in your [expletive] car and drive when you’ve been drinking. You have a couple drinks and you’re like, ‘No, I’m fine.’ You get pulled over and you blow in that breathalyzer and it goes over a 0.8, you’re in trouble. DUI is as bad of a crime as you can commit, especially in Nevada.”
While some professional sports organization would fine and/or suspend their athletes for such mistakes, White will not pull Pearson from his scheduled June 22nd scrap against Cub Swanson. “The Ultimate Fighter 9” winner hasn’t been in trouble, at least publicly, in the past and White believes his DUI was simply a one-off occurrence.
“No, he’s not going to lose any fights over it,” White flatly stated. “The guy made a mistake. I think everybody standing here, unless you don’t drink, has had a couple drinks and jumped in the car and tried to drive home.
“There’s no need for it. He’s got 50 guys out there that he’s training with that he could have called. He’s got money, could have took a taxi. It’s just one of those bad choices you make at that moment.”