Dana White’s Energy Slap League is now 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 alleged to debut subsequent week following AEW Wrestling however an up to date schedule exhibits that’s now not the case. TBS has additionally eliminated Energy Slap League from the community’s web site. Entrance Workplace Sports activities first reported the removing.
The adjustments all come within the wake of a video that not too long ago surfaced exhibiting White putting his spouse Anne throughout an argument on New Yr’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 have been separated.
Within the aftermath of the video’s launch, White addressed his actions in an interview with TMZ, who’s a media associate 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 fingers on a girl, and now right here I’m on TMZ speaking about it,” White mentioned. “My spouse and I’ve been married for nearly 30 years, we’ve recognized one another since we have been 12 years outdated. We’ve clearly been by means of some s*** collectively, we’ve bought three youngsters and that is a type of conditions that’s horrible, I’m embarrassed, but it surely’s additionally a type of conditions that proper now, we’re extra involved about our youngsters.
“We have now three youngsters and clearly for the reason that video popped up, we’ve proven the children the video. We’re extra targeted on our household proper now. Persons are going to have opinions on this, and the general public’s opinions could be proper, particularly in my case. You don’t put your fingers on a girl ever. My spouse and I really like one another, we’ve been collectively for a really very long time. We’ve recognized one another since we have been little or no, and that is simply a type of unlucky conditions.”
Representatives from TBS and Warner Media haven’t responded to a number of messages from MMA Preventing searching for touch upon the video exhibiting White putting 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 might 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 control 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 laws have 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 said 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.