UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has apologised after saying he would “rape” fellow fighter Kevin Holland o

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has apologised after saying he would “rape” fellow fighter Kevin Holland on social media.
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The UFC star tendered the apology after coming under attack for his rape comment in a now-deleted video.
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“Bro, I will f**kin’ rape you,” Adesanya had said in an Instagram video directed at Kevin Holland.
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In a statement on Friday morning, the Nigerian-born New Zealand MMA fighter admitted that his comment was faulty, noting that he “crossed the line”.
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The statement on Adesanya’s Twitter account read, “Last week fight talk escalated to a point in which I crossed the line. I understand the gravity of this word and how it can affect and hurt other people apart from my opponent, although that was never my intention.
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“I am still growing under the spotlight, and I take this as a lesson to be more selective with words under pressure.”
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Earlier, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson tackled the MMA fighter, asking the UFC to take action against Adesanya.
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Robertson said, “There is never a time to make flippant comments about rape. It’s just not something anybody should do.
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“I’m sure Israel understands that. I believe he has deleted the tweet in question. It will be up to the UFC as to what they do.
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“But I would certainly be making clear to him, and to anybody actually, that we have to take rape seriously.
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“It’s not an issue that anyone should be making jokes or flippant comments about at all.
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UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has apologised after saying he would “rape” fellow fighter Kevin Holland on social media.
.
The UFC star tendered the apology after coming under attack for his rape comment in a now-deleted video.
.
“Bro, I will f**kin’ rape you,” Adesanya had said in an Instagram video directed at Kevin Holland.
.
In a statement on Friday morning, the Nigerian-born New Zealand MMA fighter admitted that his comment was faulty, noting that he “crossed the line”.
.
The statement on Adesanya’s Twitter account read, “Last week fight talk escalated to a point in which I crossed the line. I understand the gravity of this word and how it can affect and hurt other people apart from my opponent, although that was never my intention.
.
“I am still growing under the spotlight, and I take this as a lesson to be more selective with words under pressure.”
.
Earlier, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson tackled the MMA fighter, asking the UFC to take action against Adesanya.
.
Robertson said, “There is never a time to make flippant comments about rape. It’s just not something anybody should do.
.
“I’m sure Israel understands that. I believe he has deleted the tweet in question. It will be up to the UFC as to what they do.
.
“But I would certainly be making clear to him, and to anybody actually, that we have to take rape seriously.
.
“It’s not an issue that anyone should be making jokes or flippant comments about at all.

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