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Sport Dana White says Colby Covington's racist comments that Kamaru Usman is from a 'little tribe' that uses 'smoke signals' weren't racist

14:26  25 september  2020
14:26  25 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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  • UFC President Dana White says he doesn't believe racist comments aimed at a Nigerian fighter by UFC star Colby Covington were actually racist.
  • On Sunday, Covington asked Kamaru Usman if he communicated with his "little tribe" by "smoke signals."
  • He also called supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement "life long criminals."
  • "I don't know what he said that was racist," White told reporters on Thursday. "We let everybody speak their mind."
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"Who did you get a call from?" Covington asked fellow fighter Kamaru Usman, who was born in Nigeria, shortly after. "Did you get a call from, freaking, your little tribe? Did they give you some smoke signals for you?"

That, according to UFC president Dana White, is not racist.

"I don't know what he said that was racist," White told reporters on Thursday when asked about Covington's remarks.

Covington, an avid supporter of President Donald Trump, had also called Woodley "a communist, a Marxist, and [someone] standing up for lifelong criminals" in his support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

"I don't know if I heard anything racist," White added. "These guys all have their own causes, things, their own beliefs. We don't muzzle anybody here. We let everybody speak their mind."

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When asked if he would condemn blatantly racist comments from any of his fighters, White said: "Of course."

A number of Black UFC fighters have already spoken up against Covington's comments, including bantamweight Sijara Eubanks who said: "It was flat-out racist. It was racist. It was disgusting."

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UFC boss Dana White on Colby Covington backlash: 'We don't muzzle anybody here' .
ABU DHABI – UFC president Dana White is standing firm in his stance that he's not here to censor his fighters, no matter how controversial or outlandish their comments may be. has again found himself under the microscope of the MMA world in recent days for his comments…Colby Covington has again found himself under the microscope of the MMA world in recent days for his comments in the aftermath of his main event win over Tyron Woodley at UFC on ESPN+ 36 this past weekend. Covington had a heated exchange with current UFC champ Kamaru Usman on the ESPN post-fight show, and told the Nigerian-born fighter that he was getting “smoke signals” from his “tribe.

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