New Zealand UFC star Israel Adesanya admits he ‘crossed the line’ after sending vile taunts at rival
New Zealand UFC star Israel Adesanya admits he ‘crossed the line’ after telling rival Kevin Holland ‘I’ll rape you’ in the now-deleted Instagram taunt after his country’s deputy prime minister turned in the latest controversy waded from the middleweight champion.
Israel Adesanya has admitted he ‘crossed the line’ after sending a grim taunt at middleweight rival Kevin Holland.
The 185-pound New Zealand champion has received significant backlash after telling his rival in a now-deleted Instagram post, ‘Bro, I’ll f *** ing rape you’.
Grant Robertson, New Zealand’s deputy prime minister, took a vague picture of Adesanya’s defamation and appeared to be calling on the UFC to take action against the 31-year-old.
Israel Adesanya has admitted he ‘crossed the line’ after sending vicious taunt to his rival
Adesanya said ‘I will f *** ing rape you’ to UFC rival Kevin Holland in a now deleted video (left)
And Adesanya has taken to Twitter to publish a statement admitting that he had “ crossed the line ” when making the comment, although the 63-word update did not include an apology to the American.
“Last weekend, the battle talk escalated to a point where I crossed the line,” the statement read.
“I understand the seriousness of this word and how it can affect and hurt people other than my opponent, although I NEVER intended to.
The 31-year-old made a statement on social media that contained no apology
‘I’m still growing in the spotlight, and I see this as a lesson to be more selective with words that are under pressure.’
Adesanya’s comment comes after Robertson, who is also New Zealand’s sports minister, slammed the middleweight champion for his “ lighthearted comments. ”
He said, “There is never a time to make lighthearted comments about rape. It’s just not something anyone should be doing.
‘I’m sure Israel understands that. I think he deleted the tweet in question. It’s up to the UFC what they do.
New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson (L) took a vague stance on Adesanya’s rant
“But I would like to make it clear to him, and everyone else, that we should take rape seriously.
“It’s not a matter of what someone should joke about or make lighthearted comments.”
This isn’t the first time the 31-year-old has landed herself in hot water over disrespectful comments.
Last February, he had to apologize after saying his the then opponent Yoel Romero would “crumble like the twin towers” against him and vowed to be “more careful with my words in the future.”
He also recently came under fire for pretending to hump Paulo Costa after plunging him into their fight in September and saying, ‘I’m all over you’ after winning the fight.
It is not the first time that the New Zealander has landed in hot water for his actions
Adesanya came under fire in September for appearing to ‘hump’ Paulo Costa
Adesanya’s latest vile taunt, targeting middleweight contender Holland, comes in the aftermath of his first defeat in the UFC.
He failed earlier this month in his bid to become a two-weight champion against light-heavyweight king Jan Blachowicz.
Despite the setback, the middleweight titleholder insists that a future fight with fellow controversial UFC star Jon Jones will still take place.
When ESPN asked if the fight was dead, he said, ‘Hell no! This is just one valley in my story. In every movie, in every anime series, you always have the valleys and ascend from there.
‘This is just mine and it’s like, okay, cool, gamble. I am taking this very well, and I know exactly what to do to get back to my true self, so yes, I am doing exactly that. But no, that fight is not dead. I’m here for that bastard. ‘
The middleweight champion lost his unbeaten record, losing to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259