UFC President Dana White called WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. a racist Tuesday night for a tweet made about the New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, according to ESPN. Mayweather had said in a tweet Feb. 13 that Lin would not get as much attention if he were African American.
"First of all, what (Mayweather) said, I think, is racist.” Dana White said in an interview on Fuel TV. “He's made a couple of racist comments. And yes, Floyd, you're racist with the stuff that you've said.
"And you say African-Americans don't get it (the same praise Lin receives)? Kobe Bryant doesn't get any praise? Michael Jordan never got any praise… Not only can (Lin) compete and make it in the NBA, the guy is tearing it up and is breaking records, you knucklehead," White continued.
White had also previously called out Mayweather for racists comments the boxing champion made against Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather’s camp responded back to White in an interview with Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday night saying that the UFC president is “prone to ignorant outbursts” among other critical remarks of White’s character. Mayweather, who was sentenced to 90 days in jail as a result of a domestic violence charge, had his sentence date postponed in order to fight on May 5. Boxing fans hoped it would be the day they would see the “superfight” between Mayweather and Pacquiao. Instead, Mayweather will face WBA junior middleweight titleholder Miguel Cotto on May 5 in Las Vegas.