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UFC president Dana White defended Gina Carano after her exit from ‘The Mandalorian’

UFC president Dana White defended Carano after her recent comments that got her cut from ‘The Mandalorian’

Cara Dune (Gina Carano) in “The Mandalorian” Season 2.
Cara Dune (Gina Carano) in “The Mandalorian” Season 2. UFC president Dana White defended Carano after her recent comments that got her cut from “The Mandalorian.”
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UFC president Dana White has defended former “The Mandalorian” star Gina Carano while also taking shots at ESPN commentator Ariel Helwani.

What happened?

White issued comments about Carano, who was cut from Lucasfilm after she posted social media posts that compared how Nazi Germany treated Jewish people to how people are treated today for having political beliefs.

  • “Leave Gina alone,” White said, according to Fox News. “Listen, we make mistakes. We all make mistakes. For everybody to go in on her — I love how Ariel Helwani made it all about him. It was all about him.”

White was referencing Helwani’s recent video that slammed Carano’s comments, according to Fox News.

  • “As a Jewish person, and as a human being, it just doesn’t sit well,” he says in the video, shared to his Instagram. “And I wish she would have never posted that. And quite frankly I wish someone would have talked to her about her social media posts over the past year. Some of them not even political. Just in general, they felt off to me. I am sorry she has gone down this path.”

Response from ESPN

ESPN issued a statement to the New York Post about White’s comments.

  • “Ariel is a valued colleague and an exceptional MMA reporter. His record speaks for itself.”

ESPN and UFC have a five-year, $1.5 billion deal that began in 2019, per the New York Post.