White says healthcare system’s reaction to Joe Rogan is ‘disgusting’

ByDonald L. Leech

Jan 16, 2022

UFC President Dana White has made strong accusations about the US healthcare system’s response to Joe Rogan’s COVID-19 treatment advice.

Last week, 270 doctors, scientists, professors and nurses, among others, wrote an open letter to Spotify calling on the streaming platform to create a misinformation policy. The letter was written in reaction to a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience which had Dr. Robert Malone as a guest.

In the letter, the coalition accused Malone of spreading COVID-19 conspiracy theories. They also criticized Rogan for consistently negatively influencing audiences, especially younger members of his audience.

At the UFC Vegas 46 post-fight press conference, White was asked about the letter and all of the criticism aimed at Rogan. Since White credited Rogan’s advice with helping him and his family recover quickly from COVID-19, he drew on his own personal experience to defend the longtime man of color from the UFC. And he also accused doctors of denying the public valuable treatment options.

“Well, what about that?” Since I came out and said what I did, it’s now almost impossible to get monoclonal antibodies,” White said. “They do this so you can’t get them. Medicine that absolutely works, they are hiding from us. I don’t want to get too political and start getting into all this shit, but ivermectin and monoclonal antibodies have been around for a long time. Now all of a sudden you can’t dig them up to save your life. Doctors won’t give them to you.

“And even when I did it here in Vegas, which is many weeks ago I had it… I made a phone call and I was able to do it. And it’s not like some fucking rich and famous guy. Like, anyone could have called… now Rogan talked about it, and then I went crazy talking about it, you can’t get these things to save your life now, literally.

White was then asked if he was surprised that people weren’t even allowed to openly discuss alternative treatment options for COVID-19. The UFC boss provided the following strong response.

“It’s disgusting. It’s disgusting,” White said. “Yeah, this is one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen in my life. And we’re not talking about experimental drugs. This stuff has been around.

At this point, someone in the audience shouted, sarcastically asking White if he was a doctor.

“No, but I took them, and they both worked for me, so why couldn’t I take them again – or other people?”

After mocking the viewer outburst as another example of people trying to silence conversation on this topic, White then used the rate of prescription painkillers as an example of the hypocrisy of the healthcare system.

“You want to know what’s scary? I bet I can get painkillers faster than I can get monoclonal antibodies,” White said. “No, not maybe. It is a fact. It is a fact. They’re handing out painkillers like they’re Tic Tacs… Monoclonal antibodies and ivermectin won’t hurt you. Painkillers kill you. Do. And I’m not a doctor, but that’s a fact,” White concluded with a chuckle.

What do you think of Dana White’s comments?