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According to USA Today, Dana Priest, president of the Ultimate Fighting Competition, faced accusations from the Las Vegas chapter of the Culinary Union and other groups of being an anti-gay organization. In a letter to Anheuser-Busch and a petition to Fox, the union and others quoted statements by White and multiple fighters, saying fighters the organization has "a history of tolerating homophobic conduct."
After using a pejorative word associated with anti-gay sentiments, White announced that he wanted closeted homosexual fighters to come out. He responded back by saying that he welcomed the gay community.
“I'll tell you right now, if there was a gay fighter in UFC, I wish he would come out," he said. "I could care less if there's a gay fighter in the UFC. There probably is and there's probably more than one.”
He has expressed his regret about the language he used through a video apology.
"If you guys look at all the stuff that I've said over the last 10 years - some of it stupid, some of it whatever - that's the one that bothers me," White said Thursday. "That's the only one that bothers me - the fact that these losers from the Culinary Union can go out and say that I'm a homophobe and things like that - because it's the furthest thing from the truth."
White said that the organization should not be held accountable for his wrongs.
"You're dealing with human beings," he said. "Everybody makes mistakes and everybody does things that are wrong sometime. ... We do the best we can do.”
According to the The Huffington Post, Local 226, which set up a website detailing the organization's infractions, is circulating a petition to convince FOX to drop UFC and to get Anheuser-Busch's to reconsider sponsoring them.