A self-proclaimed “$50 Billion Man” threatened to break a UF student’s neck before leaving a speaking event on campus March 21.
Dan Pena, a controversial businessman and speaker, verbally attacked Juan “Verse” Lozano, a 22-year-old UF public relations senior, during a Q&A session hosted by the UF Entrepreneurship Club at the New Physics Building on Museum Road and Gale Lemerand Drive.
Pena’s website claims his mentees have garnered $50 billion in value with his business guidance. The Alligator could not verify these claims.
Lozano questioned the existence of Pena’s companies and called him a fraud. A video published on Lozano’s Youtube channel shows Pena approaching Lozano and saying, “Now before I snap your neck, kid, put the f------ microphone down.”
Lozano left after about 10 minutes with two friends because he feared for his safety, he said. He did not file a report with police.
The club agreed to host Pena to foster an open dialogue, Bunn said. But the night took a turn when Pena referred to the crowd using a slur and said they should commit suicide if they did not work hard, she said. Pena demonstrated shooting himself in the mouth, she said.
The club expected him to give a speech on working hard to become successful. Instead, he was vulgar and disrespectful, Bunn said.
Lozano said Pena’s speech was extremely inappropriate. Pena brandished a cricket paddle and told a childhood story about dropping a fishbowl on a teacher’s head to kill her, Lozano said.
“Whenever he talks, it’s just shock value,” he said. “It sounds like he’s trying to shock you into believing him.”
I don't know anything about Pena but why does the kid get a free pass? He was insulting, disrespectful and antagonizing. Old dudes don't play that shit.
he gets a free pass to talk cos thats how the world works
you're actually allowed to say shit without having your neck broken by a senile old man thats how free speech ACTUALLY works its not just an excuse to yell slurs with no fear of punishment
Ah I see. Only people who say things you like are allowed to say them unmolested. Got it.