Posted by emfleek
Posted by ncordless
Posted by telnights
This is just SI complaining about Gross and Hunt being banned for press row. Both of which have and still do work for SI from time to time. They knew who they were hiring and they knew they had pissed off the UFC one to many times.
Banning the press is always bs, whether you like what they write about you or not.
If there is one thing I have always thought Dana gets wrong, it's trying to control what the press says about the UFC by taking away credentials. It doesn't do him or the company a bit of good, and makes Dana look like a thin-skinned whiner with a nasty revenge streak.
He's not banning their coverage of the sport. There's nothing keeping them from continuing to cover the UFC/MMA.
Which is exactly why keeping them off of press row is a pointless and petty move.
Obviously, he can't ban them from covering the sport. Nobody could do that in a free country. But he is selectively denying members of the press access based on whether he likes what they write or not.
If he thinks the articles are wrong, he should come out and explain why, not try to discourage critics by punishing them. The last thing the sport needs is a bunch of Thomas Gerbasi clones running around who maintain their good graces by being nothing but mouthpieces for the UFC.