By Eric Dehm
Within the veteran community, there are a couple categories of vets that we just don’t talk trash about.
1. Those who have given their lives or parts of their bodies.
2. Those who have earned our nation’s highest awards for valor. These include Bronze Star with “V”, the Silver Star and the granddaddy of them all, the Medal of Honor (MoH).
You see, it all started when Bilzerian posted a video during the Las Vegas shooting. He was in attendance for the concert when the shooting started and in the video, is seen running away from the scene and saying that he had just seen a woman shot in the head, and that he was running to get his gun and then come back.
Enter USMC veteran and MoH recipient Dakota Meyer. Meyer saw that video and was unimpressed, to say the least, and used Bilzerian’s preferred means of communication to let him know about it.
This is why children shouldn't classify heroes by their followers or their photos. @danbilzerian this is what kills me about people like you. Always playing "operator dress up" and so so tough when the cameras are on. A woman just got shot in the head and you are running away filming that's not what operators do. Please stop trying to be someone your not. People are dying, you're running away not helping them and pretending it's worthy of a video is disgusting.
Not one to back down from a controversy, Bilzerian responded in a video in which he refers to Meyer as “some Marine” and a “retard” but according to Meyer, Bilzerian didn’t stop there.
He says Bilzerian then published contact details of his family including his wife, Bristol Palin, and that the family had been harassed by some of Bilzerian’s followers, which number almost 23 million on Instagram alone.
To say Meyer was unhappy is a bit of an understatement, as you can see in this response video published to his Instagram account.
Since then, it’s essentially been radio silence between the two vets. In fact, searching Bilzerian’s Instagram account the videos in question seem to have been removed. So perhaps the hatchet has been buried, and even if it happens it doesn’t seem likely that the fight actually happens.
Of course it’s typically best when cooler heads prevail… but if that fight did happen? Each of them would have some impressive friends who might be able to give them advice. Meyer has trained with MMA superstar (and Green Beret) Tim Kennedy…
They say surround yourself with people better than you and people that push you past your limits. These two guys do that in every aspect of life. They lead by example not just in the gym or on the range but also in everyday life. @timkennedymma and @ts_steiner are true examples of what being an incredible human being is. #ownit #ownthedash
… while Bilzerian counts boxing legend Floyd Mayweather among his friends.
And, if it ever did happen, they could raise a significant amount of money for veterans charities if they were to step inside of a ring, or cage. I know I’d buy that Pay-Per-View. So Dan, Dakota, if you happen to read this, and even if you two are good now, maybe work on finding a way to have something good come out of this feud.