A few days ago, current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya crossed the trash talk line after making a joke referencing the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001.
“He’s a guy no one wants to fight,” Adesanya said.
“Boogeyman, everyone keeps saying, even Darren Till, ‘I’ll fight anyone except Yoel.’ Like, why? I’ve seen him get rocked. I’ve seen him get stopped. I’ve seen him get bloodied. I’ve seen him cry.”
“I’ll make him cry. He’s human like anyone else, and everyone likes to make this myth about, ‘Oh, he’s steel, like kicking steel,’ or you hit him and he doesn’t fall.
“I’ll touch him enough times. I’ll touch him enough times and eventually he’ll crumble like the Twin Towers.”
Afterward, many in the MMA world slammed “The Last Stylebender” for his tasteless reference, including Paulo Costa, who threatened to literally kill him for saying what he said.
You are a disgusting piece of shit. How dare you make a joke disrespecting the thousands who died and the heroic firefighters and police.I will really kill you, dirty kiwi pic.twitter.com/1vtaqDbozx
— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) February 22, 2020
A day later, Adesanya apologized for crossing the line.
”The comment in the last story sums up how I feel about this situation,” Adesanya wrote.
“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 chose the wrong euphemism,” he said.
“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 the future with my words.”
Nearly 3,000 people died during the attacks.
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