Oscar De La Hoya’s tweet about Dana White slapping his wife
The Oscar De La Hoya and Dana White feud continues.
The boxing legend took aim at the UFC president in a fiery tweet on Tuesday that referenced a recent video showing White slapping his wife, Anne, while at a nightclub in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico while on vacation their New Year’s.
“My good friend @danawhite is so greedy he decided to steal a fighter’s paycheck from his new TBS league ‘Power Slap’ by taking the fighter of the night against his wife,” De La Hoya wrote, referring to the show of White’s competition for the whole world. the best forwards with open hands. “Those Boston aerobics instructors are real tough guys.”
White has yet to publicly address De La Hoya’s post. The UFC boss told TMZ on Monday that the domestic incident involved “a lot of alcohol” and that he and his wife have apologized to each other and are focused on their family.
“Obviously there was a lot of alcohol, but there’s no excuse,” White said. “I’m not making excuses for this at all. It has never happened before. It’s the first time it’s ever happened and people are going to say what they’re going to say.
“It is what it is. And whatever people say, it’s deserved. I deserve it. This has happened. I don’t know why it happened, and my wife and I have apologized to each other, we’ve apologized to our kids, and it’s one of those things that everybody will chime in. I could care less what people think of this. We are more concerned about our children and taking care of our family.”
White’s wife Anne, who is also seen hitting her husband in the video, shared a separate statement with TMZ, saying the couple had been drinking heavily the night of the incident.
“Dana and I have been married for almost 30 years,” Anne said. “To say this is out of character for him is an understatement – nothing like this has ever happened before. Unfortunately, we were both drinking too much on New Year’s Eve and things got out of hand, on both sides. We have talked this through as a family and apologized to each other. I hope people will respect our privacy for the sake of our children.”
Dana White speaks at the UFC 282 pre-fight press conference on December 8, 2022, at the MGM Garden Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
The incident nearly cost White his new show. TBS had serious discussions about pulling the plug on the fight promotion, Jori Arancio, a network spokesman, told The Post. Arancio confirmed that the show is now scheduled to begin on January 18, a week after its original January 11 premiere date.
De La Hoya’s Twitter jab at White came after White said in August that there is “no way” they can ever be friends again due to the “irreversible damage” to their relationship.
“I think De La Hoya’s apology was sincere, but there’s no way he and I can ever be friends again,” White said during a fan Q&A with GQ Sports when asked about De La Hoya’s long olive branch in April. “He and I were actually friends. I used to go to his fights. I watched his fights. I used to promote his fights.
“That guy did a lot of damage for us to be friends again. I appreciate his apology. understand. We’re cool, but we’ll never be that cool.”
Oscar De La Hoya attends the 2022 Harold and Carole Pump Foundation Gala at The Beverly Hilton on August 19, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. Getty Images
In April, De La Hoya told TMZ that he was wrong to criticize the UFC and “would like to make things right with Dana and [Floyd] Mayweather.”
White and De La Hoya’s feud dates back to the 2017 fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, which White co-promoted. At the time, De La Hoya said the bout was “disrespecting the sport of boxing,” to which White responded by bringing up De La Hoya’s past with drugs and alcohol.
De La Hoya then trolled White on Twitter and challenged him to a fight multiple times. White has had his fair share of De La Hoya roasts in the press over the years.