Despite what is a very impressive win in the ring, Tyson Fury has been dominating the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week.
The boxer sat down for an interview with the Daily Mail’s Oliver Holt, and in said interview, made a series of disparaging remarks about homosexuality, even comparing it to paedophilia.
There are three things that need to be accomplished before the devil comes home.
One of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is abortion and the other is paedophilia. Who would have thought in the 50s and 60s that those first two would be legalised?
When I say paedophiles could be made legal, it sounds crazy. But if I had said to you about the first two being made legal in the 50s, I would have been looked upon as a crazy man.
After the remarks were published, Fury decided the best plan of action was not to apologise, but to threaten Holt and accuse him of lying.
After threats to his physical wellbeing and comments about his journalistic integrity, Holt has hit back.
Holt responded in his Mail on Sunday column, and said:
Tyson Fury spoke to the camera when he told me what was going to happen for telling the truth about his views on homosexuality.
He looked over his shoulder at a man called ‘Big Shane’ and said he would break my jaw with one straight right hand. ‘Oliver,’ he said, ‘take a good look at him because that’s the face you’re going to see before you hit the deck.’
Then he indicated a man standing on the other side of the room and said that would be the face I saw when he was jumping on my head. ‘What are you going to do to him?’ Fury asked on the video. ‘I’m going to **** him up,’ the man said. Fury smiled.
No matter what anyone’s personal feelings towards Holt and the Daily Mail are, it’s simply disgraceful that Fury decided to threaten a journalist for doing their job, and reporting what he said.
There are now calls for Fury to be removed as a nominee for the Sport Personality of the Year award, and after looking at his behaviour, it’s hard to disagree.