Fighter Floyd Mayweather, who condemned Manny Pacquiao’s homophobic comments and said he supported marriage equality, just called Conor McGregor a “faggot” on in London during a press conference ahead of their fight on August 26.
McGregor and Mayweather are on a world tour promoting the fight, have been coming fast and hard with the verbal blows. Mayweather said,
“Yeah, we gonna talk about this pussy. You punk, you faggot…”
McGregor flipped him off and told him to sit down. Mayweather’s representative excused the slur telling TMZ Sports,
“The reason Floyd called Conor the F word is because Conor called Floyd a monkey. Floyd has nothing against gays or lesbians at all… Floyd has them on his staff. Floyd has nothing but the utmost respect for gays and lesbians.”
The “monkey” comment supposedly happened off mic. Executive director of Athlete Ally, Hudson Taylor, condemned the use of the word, as well as the official response from Mayweather’s camp, which he called “equally troubling.”
“If Mayweather truly has the utmost respect for the LGBT community, he wouldn’t resort to using slurs that perpetuate anti-LGBT stigma and hate.
I feel that we should let people live their lives the way they want to live their lives.”
Mayweather said last year, after asked about Pacquiao’s remarks.
“I don’t have nothing against anyone. To each his own.”
McGregor has gotten flack too for his own choice of words, telling Mayweather to dance for him and calling him “boy.”
In response to claims that he was racist, McGregor said he couldn’t be racist, as he is
“half-black from the bellybutton down.”
That didn’t exactly squash the racism claims. Mayweather is among those who have criticized McGregor for his comments. Mayweather said,
“When I was young, I may have said some things that I shouldn’t have said, when I was young. But we live, we learn, and you don’t say those things after a certain age, because it’s all about growth and maturity.”
Two wrongs don’t make a right, as they say. We all understand racial slurs hurt. Well, so does “faggot”, just the same.
What do you think? Does Mayweather owe the LGBTQ community an apology? Does McGregor owe the African American community one?
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(via LGBTQ Nation)