Controversial boxing champ Tyson Fury has actually openly asked the BBC to eliminate him from the shortlist for the most distinguished private sporting award in his homeland– however the relocation has actually backfired as he got strong criticism.
Committed contrarian Fury gripped his hands together in front of a cabinet showing his WBC belt as he absolutely declined his election for the Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) award, which pitted him versus the likes of Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson when it was revealed on Tuesday.
The unbeaten “Gypsy King” reacted to the controversial call by repeating his claim to be the “people’s champion”, provoking a divided response sustained by the homophobic, sexist and anti-Semitic views he had actually revealed in the past.
“This is a message for BBC Sport and their SPOTY award,” revealed Fury on social networks, including that he was “blessed by god.”
Hi this is Tyson fury the gypsy king, this is a message for the @bbcsport and there spoty award, please take me off your list as I’m individuals’s champ and have no requirement for confirmation or any awards. I understand who I am & & what iv performed in sport. I have the love of individuals … pic.twitter.com/iwNYblTZG4
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson _Fury) December 2, 2020
Look at me, look a me!
— Greg Wright (@gregwright1975) December 2, 2020
Did Mr Fury get his election for his homophobic remarks or was it his sexist slurs? It’s so tough to maintain!
— Kim Kelly (@KimKelly KK) December 2, 2020
“Please take me off your list as I’m the people’s champion and have no need for verification or any awards.
” I understand who I am and what I’ve performed in sport. I have the love of individuals, which deserves more to me than all the awards on the planet. To anybody who supports me, do not vote. All my love, the Gypsy King.”
Fury issued an apology in 2016 for a video posted online in which he made a range of discriminatory comments against gay people, women and Jews, and he also accepted a backdated two-year doping ban in 2017.
Validation not confirmation mate
— Huell Babineux (@babineux_huell) December 2, 2020
< p lang=" en" dir=" ltr">No need for verification or awards he says standing in front of belts that verify him as world champion and are awarded.
— steelo (@steelo1977) December 2, 2020
< p lang=" en" dir=" ltr">Looking forward to his video tomorrow calling all the other nominees dossers and how much he deserves the award and a knighthood.
— jon winter (@jonb4g) December 2, 2020
The giant brawler has been on a relentless mission to present himself as a reformed and inspirational figure, speaking openly about his life-threatening depression, cocaine use and range of other personal problems that had been part of the reason for his absence from the ring for almost three years after famously beating Wladimir Klitschko to win five titles in 2015.
While his legion of loyal admirers lauded him as a legend, many others accused Fury of attention-seeking and questioned the motives behind his apparent shunning of the recognition.
“Talk about getting the violin out and asking for assistance,” one unconvinced viewer fired back. “This relocation was truly severely encouraged.
I ‘d likewise like to pull myself out of the running to end up being Megan Fox’s next other half.
— Danny LaRusso (@Arsenalkid717) December 2, 2020
God the attention this people looks for is absurd
— Dwayne Pipe (@DwaynePipe 14) December 2, 2020
What the man who wore Stars and Stripes in Vegas and a Mexican flag on Mexican self-reliance weekend, and appeared in the WWE?
— Jeff Oakley (@jeff_oakley1990) December 2, 2020
“It’s cringey as f*ck. If people can’t see past this PR stunt, you should seek help.”
When another firmly insisted that Fury had actually been driven by opportunistic self-promotion, a reader sardonically asked: “What, the guy who dressed in stars and stripes in Vegas and a Mexican flag on Mexican Independence Day, and appeared in the WWE?”
Others argued that Fury had actually understood he was not likely to win and mentioned that the BBC, which is often presumed by audiences of acting in the interests of its image instead of precision, had actually barely produced a varied list of candidates.
Love it !! 2020 quotables: “STOP THE COUNT” and “Take me off your list”
— Sipho Alfred Ngwenya (@Ngwenya SA5) December 2, 2020
To be reasonable Tyson Fury is a “character” however I can’t surpass some of his historical homophobic profusions.
— Owen Kyffin (@OwenKyffin) December 2, 2020
For those forgetting, Tyson Fury is still a homophobic, sexist bigot and should not have actually been on #SPOTY list in the very first location. He won one battle, if that is our bar for contendors then time to ditch the entire thing!
— Coffee Fuelled Edge Screamer! (@CoryMacRae) December 2, 2020
“Five men, including one who has a record of being homophobic and misogynistic, and only one woman?” asked one. “Great.”
Fury advocates felt that the dependably boring awards event ought to have chosen the fighter in 2015, with his emphatic win over Deontay Wilder in February to win the title plainly swaying employers to now shortlist perhaps the most vibrant and outspoken character in British sport.
He completed 4th when he was chosen for the award in 2015, having actually confessed at the time that he did not desire to win it since he was “not the best role model for the kids” and would not “appreciate” the award.
Hopefully I do not win @BBCSPOTY as I’m not the very best roll design on the planet for the kids, provide it to somebody who would value it,
— TYSON FURY( @Tyson _ Fury) December 4, 2015
The BBC thought about getting rid of him from that year’s list after remarks he made about Olympic hero Jessica Ennis-Hill, who completed third, triggered outrage and the launch of a petition to have him struck off as a prospect.
Speaking to IFL about Ennis-Hill ahead of his battle with Klitschko, Fury stated: “That’s the runner, isn’t it?
“She’s great, she’s won numerous medals. She slaps up great as well. When she’s got a gown on, she looks rather healthy.”
@J_Ennis if I’m going to get in problem for offering a lady a compliment what has the world come to, I stated u appearance fit in a gown?
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson _Fury) December 4, 2015
— who’s Laughing?? (@rjstir1) December 4, 2015
Asked in the very same interview for his viewpoint on female fighters, he stated he was “all for it” and “not sexist” prior to including: “I think a lady’s finest location remains in the kitchen area and on her back.
“That’s my personal belief. Making me a good cup of tea, that’s what I believe.”
A respondent who was unable to look beyond those and other remarks said: “For those forgetting, Tyson Fury is still a homophobic, sexist bigot and should not have actually been on the list in the very first location.
So 5 males, consisting of one who has a record of being homophobic and misogynistic and just one lady? Great.
— Mrs D (@Debied123) December 2, 2020
Sports Personality of the year.Nominees One lady out of 6. A jockey. Well should have election. That’s it however. Just the one. Tyson Fury however.
— ruth allum (@mgtruth) December 1, 2020
The minute David Beckham won the award in 2001, it lost all trustworthiness. ♂The program is simply a laborious, tokenistic ‘wokefest’ nowadays.
— Mr Alternative (@AltFactsUK1) December 2, 2020
“He won one fight. If that is our bar for contenders then it is time to scrap the whole thing.”
Another stated: “The minute David Beckham won the award in 2001, it lost all credibility.
“The program is simply a laborious, tokenistic ‘wokefest’ nowadays.”