Whitey Bulger was killed in a West Virginia federal prison today, so this is a great time to bring back the story Dana White tells about how Whitey’s team tried to extort him out of $2,500 back in the day when he was teaching boxing in South Boston while Whitey’s team was collecting fees from those who were doing business in the area.
White mentions Kevin Weeks, who was Whitey’s muscle during their heyday. Weeks eventually turned on Whitey on the witness stand during a 2013 trial where things got ugly between the old friends.
The initial shakedown was ignored by Dana and then came a phone call where White was told it was time to pay up. He claims his next move was to buy a plane ticket on Delta to Vegas and the rest is history. Eventually he finds his way into UFC and now he’s sitting on a huge pile of money and what seems to be a great life.
Here’s how Dana told the story to Colin Cowherd in 2015:
“My partner and I, Peter (Welch), we ran a ‘get kids off the street’ program back there and we used to teach boxing classes, however we could make money, we made money. So one day I was teaching a class in one of the big clubs in South Boston and these two guys walked into the class and said, ‘Hey, we need to talk to you.’ At first I’m thinking, ‘Does this guy own the club?’ and when he asked me, ‘Do you know who I am?’ that was when I realized what was going on,” White said.
“He basically said, ‘You owe us money’. It was like $2,500, which was like $25,000 to me back then, and said, ‘You owe us money.’ It was actually a guy named Kevin Weeks, who if you saw the trial he’s Whitey’s right-hand man. I’m sure he’s very prominent in the movie, but yeah basically said I owed him some money, and I didn’t pay him. This went on for a while and one day I was at my place and I got a call and they said, ‘You owe us the money tomorrow by 1 o’clock’. I literally hung up the phone, picked up the phone and called Delta and bought a ticket to Vegas.”