HEAVYWEIGHT champion of the world Tyson Fury made an apology at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony on Sunday in light of recent derogatory comments towards homosexuals and women.
Fury’s dethroning of Wladimir Klitschko in November was overshadowed by the public comments, which many deemed to be politically incorrect, in the wake of his astonishing victory over the Ukrainian.
He still managed to accumulate 72,330 votes for the Sports Personality of the Year award from the public, pitting him fourth in the final standings, but Fury used the awards to apologise to anyone who has taken offense to anything he’s said in the past.
“I’ve said a lot of stuff in the past and none of it is with any intention to hurt anybody,” he said, when pressed by presenter Gary Lineker for a reaction to the criticism he’s received of late.
“It’s all a bit tongue-in-cheek and a bit of fun and games for me. I’m not really a serious type of person.
“Everything’s happy-go-lucky with Tyson Fury. If I’ve said anything in the past that’s hurt anybody, I apologise to anybody that’s been hurt by it.
“It’s not my intention to do that.”
Andy Murray won the award, with with rugby league legend Kevin Sinfield and Jessica Ennis-Hill also receiving more votes than Fury.
- Skip to three minutes and 20 seconds of the above video to see Fury’s apology.