UFC Fighter Donald Cerrone has apologized for using an anti-gay slur recently in describing the performance of heavyweight champ, Daniel Cormier.
Cerrone shared the apology on Instagram, but that apology post has since been deleted. He had linked to it on Twitter.
Earlier today, I said something that was offensive & I'm truly sorry. I've got so many friends… https://t.co/irC0XThw4V
— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) July 10, 2016
The topic of “worst fight” at the event, which lost some of its luster with Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor out and with Jon Jones a late scratch because of a failed drug test, came up and Cerrone didn’t hold back as the conversation turned to the fight between Daniel Cormier and Anderson Silva — a late substitute for Jones. Cormier won with a wrestling-centric game plan that Cerrone found objectionable.
“Your boy, DC. Terrible!” Cerrone said to CM Punk. Punk asked for specifics and Cerrone replied: “Terrible. How are you going to give up weight and then fight like a [anti-gay slur], man?”
— Darragh Murphy (@DarrMurphy) July 10, 2016
As MMA Junkie notes, Cerrone’s apology on Instagram included a picture of him in a UFC rainbow-colored shirt that promotes the organization’s LGBTQ initiative, “We are all fighters.”
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) July 10, 2016
Here’s what Cerrone said in his now-deleted post:
“Earlier today, I said something that was offensive & I’m truly sorry. I’ve got so many friends and fans in the LGBTQ community who I let down today. I can and will be better because I respect the community and equality matters! #WeAreAllFighters”
A senior UFC official was reportedly “incredibly disappointed” by Cerrone’s words and spoke with him before he made his official apology.
[Top photo via Instagram]