Facing a backlash over comments made during his multicity media tour this week with Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor called any suggestions that he’s racist “stupid” and “ridiculous.” However, the way the UFC superstar chose to defend himself Thursday, in a crude manner on stage at the Barclays Center, may well bring him more criticism.
“Let’s address the race,” McGregor said to the crowd, while promoting his Aug. 26 showdown with Mayweather. “A lot of the media seem to be saying I’m against black people. That’s absolutely [expletive] ridiculous.
“Did they not know I’m half-black? Yeah, I’m half-black from the bellybutton down.
“And just to show that that’s squashed, here’s a present for my beautiful, black female fans,” the Irishman added, before gyrated suggestively. Here is video of his comments (warning: profanity).
McGregor has been accused of racist behavior during this tour, which ends Friday at London’s Wembley Arena. On both Tuesday and Wednesday, in Los Angeles and Toronto, respectively, he taunted Mayweather by saying, “Dance for me, boy!”
After Tuesday’s event, McGregor was interviewed by Guillermo Rodriguez of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for a segment that aired Wednesday. When asked who would win a fight, himself or “Rocky III,” McGregor paused to try to recall the film, then said, “That was the one [with] the dancing monkeys in the gym.”
On his way to becoming the biggest star in the UFC, McGregor has cut a larger-than-life figure with his bravado and belittling of opponents. His trash-talking has occasionally offended some people, such as when he called Nate Diaz a “cholo gangster from the hood” last year.
SOURCE: Des Bieler and Rick Maese
The Washington Post