A political reporter is asserting Dana White’s endorsement of Donald Trump could hurt Trump because White has tweeted “sexist and violent threats at his critics.”
White — the outspoken UFC president and Las Vegan — will reportedly endorse the Republican presidential candidate onstage at the Republican National Convention.
The Daily Beast’s Betsy Woodruff quoted some of White’s tweets to make her case, most not suitable for a family newspaper, but here are a couple of them.
White tweeted that one person’s mom was “so fat she got baptized at seaworld!!!”
White tweeted that a UFC judge “should be BEAT WITH A STICK!!!!!!!!”
White has said he will vote for Trump just as Trump supported the UFC in its early days when few did.
“He’s my guy,” White wrote about Trump in a text to the Review-Journal on Monday, the R-J’s Adam Hill reports. “We have been talking a lot.”
In social media, some people criticized White. Others said they’d give him a pass for servicing a friend.
“Wow I wonder how every muslim black and mexican @ufc fighter feels about @DanaWhite supporting Trump,” musician Jamie Kilstein wrote on Twitter (@jamiekilstein).
— Jamie Kilstein (@jamiekilstein) July 14, 2016
No fighters seem to have publicly spoken out against the White-Trump tag-team.
But what fighter would? It has been suggested for years the top-down UFC punishes fighters.
Three months ago, PunditArena’s David O’Donovan put it this way: “favouritism is rife (and) certain fighters are being unfairly punished.”
“The UFC is a notoriously thin-skinned organization,” Joe Lucia opined June 5 in a widely shared post on AwfulAnnouncing.com reporting three journalists were banned for life for scooping that Brock Lesnar would be on the UFC 200 bill.
“They’ve fired fighters for not wanting to sign away their lifetime likeness rights (only to relent and hire them back),” Lucia also wrote.
The UFC reportedly has had fighters sign rights to use their images for the rest of their lives, for marketing and to sell UFC video games.
Just last week, the UFC sold for $4 billion to a Hollywood talent agency and an investment firm.
That spawned Bloomberg news to report the sale will bolster some UFC fighters’ legal bid for a class-action lawsuit to reap more money than they have earned.
Political twist: It was Ari Emanuel’s WME/IMG agency that co-bought the UFC. Emanuel’s brother is Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayor who worked for President Obama.
And Ari Emanuel is the agent who Jeremy Piven patterned his “Entourage” HBO character on.
Around and around we go, this political season is quite the show.
THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON
LeBron James has signed on to host a celebration for his Cavaliers’ NBA championship on Monday at Marquee nightclub in The Cosmopolitan hotel.
No other Cavs are on Monday’s marquee, but this is the second time a Cavs victory party will take over a club.
Just a few hours after the Cavs beat the Golden State Warriors, the whole team flew to Wynn-Encore’s XS nightclub, spraying Champagne on cocktail servers.
Hollywood continues to give us a water-torture ad campaign for the upcoming Jason Bourne movie, whose big ending is a multi-multi-car pileup on the Strip.
The latest 77-second “featurette” on YouTube is just a promo, but what in America Inc. isn’t hype?
As we all know, Las Vegas Boulevard was shut down for many hours on different days to shoot a chase-crash scene.
“The film culminates in Vegas with our best car chase,” director Paul Greengrass says in the video.
“I was just standing in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard, it’s massive, like, I can’t even wrap my brain around the scale of what we’re doing,” star Matt Damon adds in the video.
We’ve seen so many promos of this Strip stunt, it’s almost as if we’ve seen the film already.
LIL WAYNE GOT SICK HERE
A late report: The iconic and sometimes wrecked Lil Wayne, rapper of “Lollipop” (the music video was filmed in Vegas) suffered a seizure here last week.
He was supposed to perform a private pre-UFC 200 show at Tao nightclub in The Venetian, but the seizure canceled it.
He has epilepsy, although the Daily News wondered if the culprit was a seizure-causing mix drink known to partiers as “lean,” “purple drank” and “sizzurp.”
Tagline: Doug Elfman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman. On Twitter: @VegasAnonymous