UFC president Dana White was caught on camera in a physical altercation with his wife, Anna, during New Year’s Eve.
Soon after the incident, White gave a statement; explaining the situation and stating that there’s no excuse for what has happened.
One of the athletes that decided to share their opinion was the UFC’s bantamweight Sean O’Malley. In a podcast episode released last Friday, O’Malley voiced his thoughts on what took place:
I feel bad for Dana. His wife slapped him. That is rude. And it deserves a slapping back.
I don’t know. I don’t know. It’s a tricky one. I don’t know, treat people how you want to be treated.
O’Malley believes that, if there was no alcohol involved, the situation wouldn’t have spiraled out of control like it did:
Sober, would he have ever done that? No.
I would assume sober, no drinks, she slaps him – I don’t think his initial reaction is slap back. When that alcohol is flowing, I’ve never hit Dani. I’ve never hit a girl.
But I’ve been blacked out, and I’ve done things that I can’t believe I’ve done.
He concludes somewhat jokingly:
I don’t think obviously you shouldn’t hit, especially a little girl like that, but alcohol is flowing, she hit him first, it was a nice counter. She should have kept her hands up, you know what I mean? A little head movement.
If you’re going to slap, you got to be ready to slap. You got to continue with that combo. She should have hit him with a 1-2, not just a 2, pulled, slipped.
But no, it’s not right. They’re going to lose a lot of business.