Dana White says he won’t be paying Snoop Dogg a cent.
This comes just a day after Jake Paul’s Saturday night knockout victory over Ben Askren that, according Snoop, made himself $2 million at the expense of Dana White. The President of UFC had this to say Yahoo’s Kevin Iole:
“I don’t even want to say it. I don’t even want to say what I think happened in that fight,” White said. “But I can tell you this: I don’t owe Snoop $2 million. I never bet — let me make it clear right here to everybody: I have never made an illegal bet, ever. I did not make an illegal bet on Saturday night. I did not bet $2 million with Snoop or anybody.”
Here’s where this all came from:
There’s no telling who’s lying here, but liars usually overshare. I’m just saying.
Whenever anyone’s asked if they participated in cheating, what do they always do? They repeat themselves and continue to share more information than you asked for. Remember Jose Canseco or Ryan Braun’s testimony, where they were asked a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question about their steroid use and they went on 90-second rants? Dana White’s response felt similar, but again, it’s very possible an uber-celeb like Snoop just wants free clout.
And who can blame him? It’s probably fun to tell the world you make side bets for amounts of money we’ll never sniff.
This is how this whole thing went down:
Dana White went on Mike Tyson’s podcast and he told Tyson that he’d “bet a million dollars that Askren would win” the bout. Soon after, Snoop popped out the woodworks on TMZ and attempted to double down on that offer without White’s presence whatsoever.
White commented further about the alleged illegal bet:
“Javier Mendez called me tight after I did the Mike Tyson podcast. He’s the head coach at AKA, and he said these guys at Triller, they want to take that bet,” White said. ‘”They want to bet you $2 million.’ I said, ‘It’s f****ing illegal! First of all, I’m not gonna make an illegal bet, number one, and number two, why would I bet them $1 million or $2 million, when I could do it legally in Las Vegas and get two-to-one?”
Now White has a point here. Why would he engage in illegal activity when he has an avenue to gamble the right way? That’s fair, but he potentially engages in illegal activity the same reason most other people do it: It’s spontaneous and fun.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that multi-millionaires like White Sox manager Tony La Russa repeatedly drive drunk when Uber cost 20 bucks. Giving an explanation as to why you shouldn’t do something doesn’t exactly make you seem honest.
He should’ve said ‘no’ and moved on. So we’ll have to keep an eye on this because we’re sure Snoop will have a rebuttal. He always does.