Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has been known to use strong language. He's been known to speak his mind, which sometimes rattles cages and can even offend some people. He's been called a lot of things as a result, but "racist" has never been on that list of adjectives.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for WBC Welterweight Champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., who infamously said in 2010 of long-time rival Manny Pacquiao:
"As soon as we come off vacation, we're going to cook that little chump," said Mayweather, 33, the winner of nine world boxing championships in five different weight classes. "Once I stomp that midget, I'll make that motherf----r make me some sushi roll and cook me some rice."
"Pretty Boy" was back in the headlines recently for equally dubious reasons when he made the following comments about New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, who is of Taiwanese decent:
"Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise."
In a segment for FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight," which will air tonight (Feb. 21, 2012) at 10 p.m. ET, White addressed Mayweather and his racially charged sentiments:
"First of all, what [he] said, I think, was racist. He's made a couple of racist comments. And yes, you're racist with the stuff you've said. ... you dummy. Don't worry about what all these other guys are doing, and shooting your big mouth off on Twitter. ... And I know I speak for millions and millions of other people. Shut up ..."
Though it was certainly not spoken in a whisper, White may very well have been echoing what a lot of other sports fans and personalities were feeling toward Mayweather and his comments.
The subject of his rant, Jeremy Lin, has received massive amounts of attention of late for his mercurial rise to fame and for the the way he's lead his team back to contention; most of which occurred while the team's two main stars, Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, were out of action.
During a 10-game stint, Lin has averaged almost 25 points per game, over nine assist per game, four rebounds per game, over two steals a game and has shot nearly 50 percent from the floor. All the while, his team has gone 8-2 and are back in playoff contention.
Though Lin has struggled at times with his turnovers and defense (He was lit up for 38 points by opposing Nets point guard Deron Williams on Mon., Feb. 20, 2012), he has been the catalyst for a Knicks revival that has given the fans at Madison Square Garden something to cheer about.
Where do you Maniacs weigh in on all this? Is White right? Are you tired of Mayweather's antics or are you giving him a pass on this one?