Conor McGregor apologises for homophobic slurs

UFC champion Conor McGregor has apologised for using homophobic slurs to describe another fighter.

A camera recently caught the fighter using slurs about opponent Andre Fili to fighter Artem Lobov.

“Do you know what I’m saying? He was a f*ggot, and everyone knew he was a f*ggot.”

McGregor apologised in an interview on Irish TV program The Late Late Show.

He said that at the time he was trying to console “a sparring partner, a training partner, a friend, a brother of mine” after a loss.

“I witnessed him lose a fight in a potential career-defining or a career-ending fight in a manner where the opponent was stalling and running away, and I was upset.

McGregor said he whispered the words in Fili’s ear and did not mean disrespect to the LGBT community.

“I didn’t mean no disrespect.”

McGregor claims allyship

McGregor also defended himself by reminding viewers he campaigned to legalise marriage equality in Ireland in 2015.

“You’d swear I was screaming at two people of the same sex kissing. I campaigned to legalise same-sex marriage.

“Things just get blown out and … any chance they love to throw me under the bus.

“I’d like to say sorry for what I said and try to move on from it.”

Speaking to Reuters, he added: “I’m human, I slip up, I say stupid things every damn day.

“The word used to describe that opponent was incorrect and very offensive, and I can apologize for that.”

In the past, McGregor faced accusations of making racist comments towards opponents, most recently in the leadup to his August fight with Floyd Mayweather.

He responded at the time by saying he’s “a multicultural individual” without any “ill feelings towards anyone.”

In 2015, McGregor tweeted about marriage equality: “We’re all human here at the end of the day — regardless of color, gender, sexuality. Any of that. It’s all meaningless. We all deserve the same rights.”

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

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