Conor McGregor’s attempt to convince the public that he is not racist, only landed the MMA star in further controversy.
McGregor, who made racially charged comments at press conferences in Los Angeles and Toronto, claimed Thursday in New York that he can’t be racist because he is “half-black from the belly button down.”
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Conor McGregor addresses accusations of racism "Don't people know I'm half black…I'm black from the waist down" pic.twitter.com/sJElKsiDms
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“Let’s address the race,” said McGregor. “A lot of media seem to be saying I’m against black people. That’s absolutely f—ing ridiculous. Do they not know I’m half black? Yeah! I’m half black from the belly button down.”
McGregor then appeared to hump the air as a present to his “beautiful black female fans.”
McGregor tryna steal our Black queens smh pic.twitter.com/SOlCWkqbef
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During an interview after the press conference on Thursday, McGregor said he doesn’t understand why people think he’s racist.
Conor McGregor: "I'm not racist I listen to Jay Z!"
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“That’s what’s annoying me,” said McGregor. “That’s why I wanted to bring it up today in a way, in a playful way. I mean how could you say that when look at me for f— sake. I mean I’m coming out rapping Blade and Biggie. I’m giving respect. I’m engaging in the entire [conversation]. I pulled out Jay-Z’s album and all tonight for f— sake. I’m a big fan of this s—. I’m a big fan of the culture. He [Mayweather] asked me what my playlist is, all I listen to is rap. You know what I mean? So I’m just out there having fun. If he’s coming out here thinking I’m disrespectful and he’s angry, so what.”