Yesterday in a media scrum, UFC President Dana White was asked about the seemingly quick suspension of Matt Mitrione. When White explained the UFC’s stance, he noted that he will never make a fighter apologize. “Otherwise, they don’t mean it,” he concluded. Mitrione has done just that, and has finally spoken publicly about the disparaging remarks he made about transgender fighter Fallon Fox. The heavyweight released a statement this afternoon saying that he was going to do all he could do to make up for his remarks.
“I want to apologize for my hurtful comments about Fallon Fox and a group within our society, which, in truth, I know nothing about. I now know there’s an important line between expressing an opinion on a subject and being hurtful and insensitive. I crossed that line by expressing my views in an ugly, rude and inappropriate manner.”
“I know there are people who look up to UFC athletes and I let them and myself down by setting a very poor example. I also want to apologize to Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White and everyone associated with the UFC. Anyone can say, `I’m sorry,’ to get themselves out of trouble. That’s not the kind of person I want to be. I am embarrassed I chose to express myself in such a fashion and am looking forward to living up to this apology through my future actions, words and conduct.”
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