ESPN has come out in support of reporter Ariel Helwani as a “valued employee” for his reaction to posts by ex-MMA fighter Gina Carano that have been classified as anti-Semitic and UFC chief Honcho Dana White’s remarks that he is a “douche” .
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Given the impact of a member of the MMA community on the Jewish community, Helwani, Jewish heritage and perhaps the most famous face in MMA journalism, made an Instagram video depicting his “disappointment” but also saying he did not want to ” give “up” on Carano.
“I am very disappointed with what she posted,” said Helwani. “That last post, which essentially compares being a Republican in America or having a certain political point of view, to a Jew in Nazi Germany during WWII, is stupid.”
He continued: “As a Jewish person and as a person it just doesn’t sit well. And I wish she had never posted that.
In response, UFC chief Dana White, who had argued with the Canadian in the past, called Helwani “a shower” and sarcastically accused him of making the situation “all about himself”.
The two have a rocky history in which White has pushed for Helwani’s 2016 life-long ban on the UFC for distributing exclusive news without first consulting the promotion.
ESPN, the fighting company’s $ 1.5 billion broadcast partner, was pressured by some left-wing media officials and forced to support her husband in the incident.
The broadcaster ESPN told the New York Post: “Ariel is a valued colleague and an exceptional MMA reporter. His record speaks for itself.”
Carano, who set a 7-1 record as a professional fighter who took part in the Strikeforce and EliteXC promotions before embarking on an acting career, was defiant despite being a victim of the Cancel culture brigade.
The 38-year-old has a tip to team up with Ben Shapiro’s The Daily Wire and work on a movie. She commented on the website: “You can’t cancel us if we don’t allow it. The Daily Wire is helping one of my dreams – developing and producing my own film – come true.
“I screamed and my prayer was answered. I am sending a direct message of hope to those who are afraid of being canceled by the totalitarian crowd.”