UFC President Tells Jason Aldean To "Stay Out Of Vegas"!

Although the rest of the country  may see Jason Aldean as a hero, UFC president Dana White is none too  happy with the country singer who was on stage when the mass shooting in  Las Vegas began that claimed 58 lives and injured nearly 500 people at  the Route 91 Harvest Festival.


White sounded off on Aldean to TMZ Sports for  choosing to perform on “Saturday Night Live” rather than sing the  national anthem at UFC 216 in Las Vegas on Saturday. Both took place at  roughly the same time.


“His image was more important than coming back to  Vegas and playing for the people who are his fans and who got shot  watching him play,” White said. “[Expletive] you Jason Aldean. Stay out  of Vegas.”


According to TMZ, White reached out to Aldean’s camp  to sing the national anthem at the UFC’s pay-per-view event that took  place at T-Mobile Arena, which sits just a few blocks from where the  shooting took place. White said that Aldean’s representatives turned  down the offer and suggested that the country singer might not perform  live again.


White mentioned that he had reached out to other  country singers as well and all declined. Instead, Everlast sang  “America, the Beautiful” during the opening of the PPV with both  survivors and first responders in attendance.


On the other side of the country, Aldean opened “SNL”  with a performance of the late Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”  According to the Instagram of Aldean’s wife, Brittany, the singer did  visit Las Vegas over the weekend to meet with survivors from the  shooting at two hospitals.


This clearly drew the ire of White, who felt  that the singer’s presence was needed more at UFC 216, and took the  liberty of slamming Aldean and any other country singer who declined to  perform


“Those are people who buy your albums and  none of you country music people could sing the anthem in front of  survivors and 1st responders?” White said.


Although Aldean didn’t perform at UFC 216, the mixed martial arts promotion did well in handling the tribute.  A somber opening with a emphatic message from White, the performance by  Everlast, the survivors and first responders in attendance and a sea of  “Vegas Strong” t-shirts in the crowd was pitch perfect as the city  still mourns the tragedy a week later.

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