Dana White’s Energy Slap League is not listed on the programming schedule for TBS forward of the anticipated launch on Jan. 11.
The brand new group began by the UFC president was imagined to debut subsequent week following AEW Wrestling however an up to date schedule reveals that’s not the case. TBS has additionally eliminated Energy Slap League from the community’s web site. Entrance Workplace Sports activities first reported the elimination.
The modifications all come within the wake of a video that not too long ago surfaced exhibiting White hanging his spouse Anne throughout an argument on New 12 months’s Eve in Mexico. The disturbing footage revealed White chatting with his spouse after which grabbing her arm as she turned to stroll away, which led to her slapping him within the face.
White then retaliated with a slap of his personal earlier than the husband and spouse had been separated.
Within the aftermath of the video’s launch, White addressed his actions in an interview with TMZ, who’s a media accomplice of the UFC.
“I’m one of many guys, you’ve heard me say for years, there’s by no means, ever an excuse for man to place his arms on a girl, and now right here I’m on TMZ speaking about it,” White stated. “My spouse and I’ve been married for nearly 30 years, we’ve recognized one another since we had been 12 years previous. We’ve clearly been via some s*** collectively, we’ve received three youngsters and that is a kind of conditions that’s horrible, I’m embarrassed, nevertheless it’s additionally a kind of conditions that proper now, we’re extra involved about our youngsters.
“Now we have three youngsters and clearly for the reason that video popped up, we’ve proven the youngsters the video. We’re extra targeted on our household proper now. Individuals are going to have opinions on this, and the general public’s opinions can be proper, particularly in my case. You don’t put your arms on a girl ever. My spouse and I like one another, we’ve been collectively for a really very long time. We’ve recognized one another since we had been little or no, and that is simply a kind of unlucky conditions.”
Representatives from TBS and Warner Media haven’t responded to a number of messages from MMA Preventing in search of touch upon the video exhibiting White hanging his spouse or the community’s plans for Energy Slap League within the wake of the incident.
Endeavor, the homeowners behind the UFC, have additionally made no touch upon White’s actions or any potential punishment he could face.
White deliberate to launch Energy Slap League after quite a few movies from different organizations went viral on social media over the previous couple of years. The Nevada State Athletic Fee voted to manage and permit slap combating to happen within the state whereas approving White’s plans for Energy Slap League at a current assembly.
After guidelines and rules had been put in place, White introduced the take care of TBS to broadcast Energy Slap League with the occasions being filmed on the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
Now it seems TBS has on the very least delayed any potential launch for Energy Slap League within the wake of the altercation involving White and his spouse.
UPDATE: UFC officers have now acknowledged that the beginning of Energy Slap League has solely been pushed again one week to Jan. 18 on TBS, though there’s nonetheless no itemizing on TBS’ programming schedule. Warner Media has nonetheless not responded for remark.