It's time for mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor to be held accountable for his history of racist comments
, particularly as he gears up to make $100 million in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in August, in what could be the most viewed, highest grossing pay-per-view fight of all time.
As Shaun King writes at the New York Daily News
, McGregor made bigoted remarks leading up to his 2015 match against Brazilian fighter Jose Aldo. McGregor said:
- "If this was a different time, I would invade his favela on horseback and kill anyone that was not fit to work.
- "What I really want to do is turn his favela into a Reebok sweatshop.
- "I think I'm going to have him come and clean up my airplane.
Recently, during a tour to promote his match with Mayweather, McGregor made a quip referring to stereotypes of Black men: "A lot of media are saying I'm racist against black people. That's absolutely f****** ridiculous. Do they not know I'm half-black? Yeeeeeah. I'm half-black from the belly button down."
These remarks should have caused major brands to drop any association with McGregor long ago. Now that he's gearing up to cash in on his history of bigoted comments, the time has come. Please sign this petition to ask Budweiser to drop Conor McGregor over his history of bigoted remarks!
Mayweather and McGregor also have a fued fueled by racism. Mayweather complained in January 2016 that McGregor receives favorable treatment because he is white. McGregor shot back, "don't ever bring my race into my success again."
But McGregor's race may indeed have something to do with his success, as it is hard to imagine a person of color, or anyone who is not so moneyed, making bigoted comments and getting away with it scot-free.
Please sign this petition to tell Budweiser it's time to drop bigotry.