Frank Bruno urges Tyson Fury ‘not to be mouthy’
Tyson Fury’s ongoing tirade of controversial comments has attracted the attention of Frank Bruno.
In a video which surfaced last week, Fury says that once homosexuality, paedophilia and abortion are all made legal, the world will end, and claims to have “newspaper evidence” that supporters of a fictional ‘Gay Rights Act 1977’ were also in support of legalising paedophilia.
Later in the interview, discussing Olympic medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill, Fury says: “What I believe is a woman’s best place is in the kitchen and on her back. That’s my personal belief. Making me a good cup of tea, that’s what I believe.”
After a petition calling for his nomination for the BBC’s Sports Peronality of the Year to be dropped gained 53,000 signatures, Fury hit out in a new video, calling those who signed it “50,000 wankers”.
Speaking to the Telegraph Sport, Bruno congratulated Fury on becoming the Heavyweight champion, but said he “is a role model now” and “will have to learn not to swear and be mouthy”.
As well as Bruno, yesterday a challenger to Fury’s heavyweight champ title warned him to watch his mouth.
The boxer has been invited to discuss his views at the House of Commons, but is yet to respond.
Despite the controversy, Fury denies being homophobic.
In a statement sent to Sky Sports News, he said: “I am aware of the recent newspaper articles and I would like to put on record that I am not homophobic.
“I have homosexual friends and I do not judge them because of their sexuality. My comments that you may have read are of from the Holy Scriptures and this is what I live from.
“I am aware of my position as the Heavyweight champion of the world and the responsibility that this brings. I am also aware of my position as a role model and I hope to be a positive ambassador for the sport of boxing for many years to come.”
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The boxer wrote: “Hopefully I don’t win @BBCSPOTY as I’m not the best roll model in the world for the kids, give it to someone who would appreciate it [prayer emojis].”
However, he also added: “I’ve got more personality than all the other competitors put together in this years @BBCSPOTY who can compete with my sporting achievement!
“The Gypsy King, & the heavyweight champion of the world, will not be silenced I’ll always speak my mind, Like it or lump it, in Jesus name.”
Despite his comments, the BBC says it will not alter the nominations.
A spokesperson said: “The Sports Personality shortlist is compiled by a panel of industry experts and is based on an individual’s sporting achievement – it is not an endorsement of an individual’s personal beliefs either by the BBC or members of the panel.”