The New York media tour continued this morning for UFC president Dana White. After a morning show appearance on satellite radio, he checked in with ESPN's First Take. Host Dana Jacobson pressed White a bit on his gay slur during his infamous vlog (0:24 mark):
"First thing, it wasn't a gay slur," White said about his use of the word "faggot". "I didn't attack the gay and lesbian community. That's not the way I used it. I apologized and put it behind me."
Jacobson then asked if White would punish one of his fighters for inappropriate language (1:11 mark).
Listen to White on ESPN's First Take:
White seemed to back off on his definitive statements about Chuck Liddell retiring (2:40 mark):
"As far as his fighting career, I don't know. He's 40 years old. (Michael) Jordan turned 40, all the greats have turned 40 and Liddell's there now too."
The Shaquille O'Neal mixed martial arts story was also brought up. Shaq got lots of publicity last week for training down in Orlando. White said Shaq texts him often with requests to fight Brock Lesnar.