UFC president Dana White (Pictured) has been dubbed many things throughout his controversial reign as mixed martial arts’ front man. While his detractors have continued to come from any and all angles, White states the Culinary Union’s accusation that he’s homophobic is the only label that has irked him.
“Are we prefect and do we do everything the right way all the time? No,” White admitted over the weekend. “The accusations that the Culinary Union is making, especially [against] me on the gay slurs and stuff, everybody knows what that was. If you guys look at all the stuff I’ve said over the last 10 years – some of it’s stupid, some of it whatever – that’s the one that bothers me. It’s the only one that bothers me.
“Is that, the fact that these losers from the Culinary Union can go out and say that I’m a homophobe and things like that, because it’s the furthest thing from the truth. And I think enough of you here know me that if I was, I would tell you I was and I’d tell you why I was.”
The Culinary Union recently fired off a letter to Anheuser-Busch and FOX requesting them to drop the UFC because of their anti-gay culture, which they believe White spearheads. They started an online petition and created a website highlighting some of the non-PC remarks White and his employees have made over the years.
Although the Culinary Union had plenty of ammo on White, it was his verbal assault on Loretta Hunt that drew the most attention. While White immediately issued a video apology for his comments once the backlash started pouring in, he claims he can’t do anything about what comes out of his fighters’ mouths.
“We’ve got some guys that are nutty,” White flatly stated. “I do what I can do for these guys. You’re dealing with human beings. How could you possibly think that we could police 375 fighters and try to control everything they say? The thing that [Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira] said down in Brazil.
“I’ll tell you right now, if there’s a gay fighter in the UFC, I wish he would come out. I could care less if there’s a gay fighter in the UFC. There probably is and there’s probably more than one. It’s 2012, give me a break. But you’re going to have guys like Nogueira who come from Brazil, who’s got that macho Latino, doesn’t want to roll with a gay guy. People are gonna say stuff like this.”
Of America’s three major professional sports, only former Oakland Athletic and Los Angeles Dodger Glenn Burke came out during his career (1976-1979). John Amaechi, who played basketball for the Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz from 1999-2003, and Esera Tuaolo, who was on several NFL teams between 1991-1999, announced their homosexuality after their retirement.