I guess I should have figured I'd lose my job with Exit 9 Films, and therefore the UFC when I wrote the BJ Penn book, but that doesn't make it easy. Nothing like someone (UFC) taking money out of your pocket during a time of need. Again, I didn't expect much from them. A smarter man would have been looking for work, but I guess I figured the book was not from me, nor about me.
However, I did expect a bit more honesty about the whole thing.
Josh Gross of Sports Illustrated has written a story about how the situation was handled by Dana White himself, and I guess I'm not surprised if history can serve as a guide.
BJ received word White was very upset with him, and that "90% of the book is a lie." I can say without a shadow of a doubt, 100% of that statement is a lie.
Penn's book is more than honest, which is what led to my demise, and has stoked the fire of White. When pressed by Josh Gross about the parts of the book which are dishonest White balked, choosing to say there won't be a lawsuit. Oddly enough, just a day earlier, he did threaten Gary Levitt, Penn's attorney, with a lawsuit. He also said, "I'm going to write a book, and my book is going to sell a lot more than your book."
If you follow White's logic, the Christians are correct and the Jews are wrong, since their book is clearly outselling the Old version. Leaves me wondering, if White outsells Al Gore, does he therefore know more about Global Warming? If he sells more than James Frey, is he a bigger bullshit artist? Who can really say?
I guess when you realize you don't want one of your fighters to make any more money than what you pay them, suing him without a case will likely cause yourself to lose money, while helping a fighter sell books. The opposite effect.
Truth is, there's no case. Period, the end. This book was vetted more times than the Health Care Legislation.
The coupe de grace of the whole situation is how White tried to make the claim Penn never read the book, and neither had his lawyer.
Fact 1: BJ Penn, Gary Levitt, JD Penn, Reagan Penn, Lorraine Penn, JD Penn Sr, and David Weintraub (me) never read the book. We all just got it.
Fact 2: BJ Penn, Gary Levitt, David Weintraub and many people at Harper Collins read the FINAL MANUSCRIPT (and other manuscripts many times). That clump of papers was later sent to a printer, who then put the whole thing together, and created a book.
Fact 3: BJ Penn never spoke to Dana White throughout all of this. He texted him while we were at dinner, which these days is apparently as good as speaking.
Fact 4: Josh Gross never spoke to BJ Penn. He spoke to me while BJ Penn was sitting next to me, and I was relaying questions back to Penn as well.
The UFC is anti-truth.
Dana White claimed to Josh Gross, when told by Gross I was released from Exit 9 Films because the UFC told them I was no longer welcome, that he "didn't know."
So lets play a game called Logic:
1) Dana White is livid about BJ's book.
2) Dana White tells BJ the UFC's owners, and himself, are insulted, and that their relationship as friends is over.
3) Dana White knows I wrote the book. I approached him a couple of weeks ago just so he could put name to face, and to make sure he knew. The company has known I was writing the book since the month I began, over a year ago.
4) Dana White then claims BJ "didn't read the book"; he was told that by BJ.
5) Dana White knows I do freelance work for the company, and now believes I wrote the book, and BJ didn't read it. The book which made him livid. The one filled with truths.
6) Dana White denies to Josh Gross that he knew of my release because of the UFC's pressure.
So let me get this straight. After knowing I wrote the book, being livid, deflecting blame from BJ, and knowing I did work for UFC, Dana White is claiming he didn't even think to get in touch with me, or anyone else, about me ever doing work for the UFC again. He's such a mellow, non-confrontational guy, he was just going to let me keep on working. Never thought about it. Uh huh.
He also denied knowing whether someone else in the company let me go. Had no knowledge of this either. Beep Beep Beep Beep Beep -- You know what that is? It's the bullshit truck backing up to Dana's desk.
In other words...
Well, lets just say something here is inherently dishonest. And it's not the book.