Mixed martial arts athlete Conor McGregor claims his comments were “stupid and ridiculous”
Conor McGregor has faced controversy following his comments during a media tour to promote his coming fight against Floyd Mayweather.
An interview that aired on YouTube on Wednesday, the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ presenter Guillermo Rodriguez asked McGregor who the winner would be in a fight between Sylvester Stallone’s famous character ‘Rocky’ in the movie ‘Rocky III’.
McGregor responded: “‘Rocky III?’ I’m trying to remember which one was ‘Rocky III’. Was that the one in the celebrity gym? I can’t remember if that’s the one with the dancing monkeys or not.”
The movie contains no scenes featuring monkeys of any sort, although there is a scene in which black boxers are shown training at the gym.
McGregor responded to backlash over his comments saying: “That doesn’t sit well with me. I’m very multi-cultured. I’m a multi-cultured individual. I don’t have any ill feelings toward anybody.”
McGregor went on to add: “I don’t even see color. I just wanted to say something and have a little fun with it.”
“I just wanted to address it and play with it in my own little way. It’s stupid and it’s ridiculous and that’s basically what I was getting it.”
McGregor continues to address accusations of racism and “mocking black people”
On a Thursday night press conference attending by countless fans, McGregor again addressed the comments he had made.
“Let’s address race. A lot of the media seem to be saying I’m against black people. That’s [expletive] ridiculous. Do they not know I’m half black? Yeah. I’m half black from the belly button down.”
McGregor’s comments were not well received, and neither were his comments to Mayweather saying: “Dance for me, boy”.
Mayweather responded to McGregor’s comments: “I think that disrespecting my daughter, disrespecting the mother of my daughter, disrespecting black women, calling black people monkeys, it’s totally disrespectful.”