UFC world champ Adesanya forced to apologise after sick 9/11 taunt after claiming Romero ‘will crumble like Twin Towers’ – The Sun

UFC champion Israel Adesanya has been forced to apologise for saying his opponent would "crumble like the Twin Towers" on 9/11.

The middleweight king, 30, made the sick remark during a UFC press conference call.


Adesanya's taunt was aimed at Yoel Romero, who he will fight in the main event of next month's UFC 248 card in Las Vegas.

Addressing the slur, Adesanya, who was born in Lagos, Nigeria, before moving to New Zealand, wrote on Instagram: "I never made a joke about people dying or made light of the tragic event that was 9/11.

"I was simply rambling and my brain worked faster than my mouth in a moment to (choose) the wrong euphemism.

"You speak on the mic enough times and you're bound to miss the mark with some bars.

"I did on this one and for that I'm sorry. I'll be more careful in future with my words."

Fellow MMA stars were appalled with Adesanya's comments – with one threatening to kill him.

Middleweight star Paulo Costa, who could Adesanya in the Octagon if Adesanya beats Romero, wrote: "Adesanya, you are a disgusting piece of s***. How dare you make a joke disrespecting the thousands who died and the heroic firefighters and police.

"I will really kill you, dirty Kiwi."

Although some fans seemed more conciliatory.

'DISGUSTING'

Tweeting Adesanya – who won his title last October – one said : "It’s all good Bro.. I have a friend whose father fell in the towers, who was a firefighter and save three people and lived… like I know it was a joke and it’s okay.. people slip but yeah you got this."

Another posted: "The true fans still got you man. Yes, I didn't like what you said either. You acknowledged it and apologised it's over. People make mistakes and we as fans need to hold you accountable, NOT attack you."

One comment read: "We all make mistakes. Good on you for apologising about it, not many people have the balls to do it.

Adesanya has won all 18 of his fights while Romero, who was born in Florida, US, has 13 wins and four defeats to his name.

Nearly 3,000 people died in the September 11 attacks back in 2001.

Two planes hijacked by al-Qaeda terrorists were flown into the World Trade Centre before both Towers collapsed.

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