WATCH: Repentant Conor McGregor Apologises For Using Homophobic Slur
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has apologised for having used a homophobic slur when attending to his friend Artem Lobov after he lost his UFC Poland bout against Andre “Touchy” Fili by unanimous decision. The Irish mixed martial artist was caught on camera consoling his training partner, before saying “I thought you were going to sleep him. All I’m saying, he’s a f*ggot. I never knew he was a f*ggot.”
McGregor appeared on Reuters’ “The Late Late Show”, due to air on November 3rd, and addressed his usage of the word. The 29-year-old mixed martial artist, who previously had campaigned to bring equal marriage rights to Ireland took the time to issue an apology.
‘I have to put my hands up there,’ McGregor said on RTE. ‘I was watching a fighter, a sparring partner, a training partner, a friend, a brother of mine who has given his health, his body health, his brain health, everything to help me prepare for fights to give my brain health and my body health to entertain the public.
‘That’s the fighter I was going to watch and support. ‘I witnessed him lose a fight, and a potential career-ending fight, in a manner where the opponent was stalling and running away and I was upset. ‘I was whispering in his ear and I was speaking on that and I said what I said.’
Interestingly, the UFC brass said nothing about the usage of the slur, where previously former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum had been forced to apologise for his usage of the word during a press lunch only a few weeks prior.
“I meant no disrespect to nobody of the LGBT community. I didn’t mean no disrespect,” McGregor continued. “You’d swear I was screaming at two people of the same sex kissing,” he added. “I campaigned, when we were trying to get same-sex marriage legalized, I was campaigning for that.
“It is another one where things just get blown out and they love to just, any chance they get they love to throw me under the bus.”
Fili took the time to address McGregor’s use of the word during an interview with MMA Junkie. “There’s no need to use words like that,” Fili said. “You don’t need to demean other people to make yourself seem bigger. Whenever you hear someone use that word or call someone a ‘bitch,’ that makes you look so insecure.”
Whether or not fans can expect to hear more about the incident from the UFC is anyone’s guess. Check out the clip of McGregor’s apology below and let us know what you think!