Last month, UFC president Dana White (Pictured) claimed there was no possible way he could police everything his fighters do or say. Although, one day after Rashad Evans made a controversial statement referencing the child molestation scandal at Penn State University, White revealed he had a discussion with Evans regarding the inappropriate nature of his remark.
“We talked,” White said following Thursday’s press conference. “It’s not like I’m dealing with stupid people here. It’s one thing when you’re dealing with dummies. When you’re dealing with people who are really stupid, it’s tough to talk to them. But when you call a guy who’s an intelligent guy, he gets it. [Evans] knows.”
Whether MMA has officially hit the mainstream is debatable. However, the closest the UFC has come to achieving such notoriety is through their new partnership with FOX. Ironically, it was during yesterday’s presser to promote the UFC’s return to the network where Evans issued his statement.
During a heated exchange with Phil Davis, Evans told his light heavyweight counterpart that, “I’m gonna put those hands on you worse than that dude did to them other kids at Penn State.” The former UFC champion was referencing the child molestation situation that’s currently under investigation at Davis’ alma mater.
An NFL, NBA or MLB player would not only have been crucified for uttering such nonsense, but they would likely be fined and face possible suspension for drawing negative attention to his team and league.
While White didn’t sound prepared to financially punish Evans, he was certain “Suga” received his stern message loud and clear.
“The whole thing with me is, people are looking to me,” White stated. “What do you want me to do? You want me to have our lawyers draw something up and I’ll come out and read it to you guys?
“He said something stupid. It’s probably one of the dumbest things you could say. He gets it and he knows it was a stupid thing to say, and we’ll see what happens.”