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Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer challenges Dan Bilzerian to fight: ‘Let’s handle this like men, tell me when and where’

Medal of Honor recipient Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer (Lance Cpl. Daniel Wetzel/U.S. Marine Corps)
October 07, 2017

Marine Corps combat veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer has challenged social media star Dan Bilzerian to a fight, following a back-and-forth on the internet that has garnered a lot of attention in the military community.

Meyer posted a series of videos to Instagram on Saturday morning calling for Bilzerian to name a time and place for what one would assume will be a physical challenge, to “settle this like men.”

“I’m done with your petty games,” Meyer captioned his post. “Don’t ever drag my family into anything. I’m waiting.”

Dakota Meyer (Instagram)

Meyer says Bilzerian has now gone after his family, and has given his wife’s phone number out for people to harass her. Meyer is married to Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin.

“So I wake up this morning, and I gotta tell you, Dan – you wanted to get my attention, you got it baby,” Meyer says.

“Look, I’m a coward. Let me help you out. I’m a failure, I’m a loser […] I got it. I’m a coward not because you say so, but because there are people who died that I couldn’t save,” Meyer says.

“Here’s the problem,” he continues. “My purpose in life is family. You wanna bring my family in this, you wanna put my wife out there in danger by putting her phone number out to people, you got your little friends trying to Facetime her…”

“My life is not a game, and it’s not entertainment either,” Meyer says.

“My family is my purpose. And now you’re my mission,” he says.

“This ain’t an option. You just need to tell me when and where. If not, we’ll be together somewhere, I’m sure,” Meyer says.

“What I’m gonna tell you is, I bet you […] put all the cameras you want out there, and I bet you don’t have the intestinal fortitude to talk sh-t about my family in front of my face. I promise you don’t. I promise you don’t have it; I guarantee it,” he adds.

“You train. I train. Why don’t we handle this like men? Why don’t you stop talking sh-t behind a video? Let’s take care of this like men,” Meyer adds. “You got it, Dan? I’m waiting.”

Here @danbilzerian I'm done with your petty games. Don't ever drag my family into anything. I'm waiting

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Meyer called out Bilzerian for running away from those who needed help during the Las Vegas shooting late Sunday night, and also for filming himself running away and using that footage to garner followers. Bilzerian had said he took two women to the hospital, got his gun and went back to the scene to help.

Since that video, which Meyer posted on Monday, Bilzerian has released videos of his own addressing the issue.

Bilzerian posted video clips to Instagram Stories this week defending himself against Meyer’s criticism following the shooting, when Meyer called him out. Bilzerian then came under fire for calling Meyer a “retard” who’s “blogging” for “five minutes of fame.”

The Back and Forth

“Dan Bilzerian is a coward, and he thinks it’s video-worthy,” Meyer said in a Facebook video he posted Monday. “Are you kidding me?”

“To video himself passing someone [who got shot in the head] – either he’s a liar and looking for followers or a coward,” Meyer said.

On Tuesday, Bilzerian addressed this, “because this news is a such a bunch of fu—g bullshit.”

Bilzerian said news outlets “print whatever is going to get the most clicks,” and told his followers “you can’t get the real deal anymore.”

“They publish some fu—g guy’s account, sitting behind a laptop fu—g typing trying to get his five minutes of fame,” Bilzerian continued. “He’s there blogging about me while I’m fu—g delivering 8,000 pounds of food and water to Vegas and going to hospitals. What the fu-k is he doing?”

“To be clear, the first fu—g thing I did after we dropped those two girls off at the hospital is, I went and got my gun and I went straight fu—g back there and was there for three fu—g hours,” he added.

“Dan Bilzerian is a coward, and he thinks it’s video-worthy,” Meyer said in a Facebook video he posted Monday. “Are you kidding me?”

“To video himself passing someone [who got shot in the head] – either he’s a liar and looking for followers or a coward,” Meyer said.

“We look at peoples’ followers, we look at how cool their life looks on Instagram and we start looking up to them,” Meyer said in the beginning of his video, explaining that he, too, used to look up to Bilzerian and got “caught up” in the hype.

Later in the video, Meyer added: “Listen, I wouldn’t be upset with him if he wasn’t always trying to talk around and play operator,” saying that it was “part of the problem.”

“He would rather [take a] video than do what’s right,” Meyer added.

Then, a video clip was posted to Instagram on Friday that shows Bilzerian running up to a concrete barricade and asking a cop for his firearm during the Las Vegas shooting on Sunday.

In the latest clip of Bilzerian, he runs up to a barricade, asks a cop for his gun, and is promptly shut down by the police officer, who says he doesn’t know who Bilzerian is, and that he should “know better” than to ask for a weapon.

Bilzerian has nearly 23 million followers on Instagram, more than 12 million followers on Facebook and almost 1.5 million followers on Twitter.