UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has apologised after he saying he would “rape” fellow fighter Kevin Holland on social media.
The UFC star tendered the apology after coming under attack for his rape comment in a deleted video.
“Bro, I will fuckin’ rape you,” Adesanya had said in an Instagram video directed at Kevin Holland.
In a statement on Friday morning, the Nigerian-born New Zealand MMA fighter admitted that his comment was faulty, noting that he “crossed the line”.
I’m sure Israel understands that. I believe he has deleted the tweet in question. It will be up to the UFC as to what they do.
“But I would certainly be making clear to him, and to anybody actually, that we have to take rape seriously.
“It’s not an issue that anyone should be making jokes or flippant comments about at all.”