Floyd Mayweather has denied that he is a racist and is standing by comments he made about Knicks player Jeremy Lin.
Lin has become an almost overnight sensation in the US for his achievements with the NY Knicks, but some of the focus has been on the fact that he is Asian.
Floyd made a comment on Twitter that Lin only receives that amount of attention because he is Asian, and said African-American players play to the same extent as he does every night. However, Floyd was blasted for his comments which were perceived as racist by some.
"Like I said, the media always take your words and screw ’em up. They failed to say that I said the guy was a good player," Floyd told the NYDailyNews in a move to defend his words.
"It’s OK for Miguel Cotto to represent the Puerto Rican fans and represent the Puerto Rican flag. I’m a black American. I believe in supporting my own first. That’s where I come from. They can feel my struggle if they come from the same background that I come from. That’s what I’m going to stand by."
"It’s so crazy. I’m not racist at all. I have Jewish people that work for me. Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, white people who work for me. One of my best friends, Kip, is a white guy. All-American. That’s my guy."
However, Floyd met up with Lin last week and he says the basketball player did not take offence to his comments. "He said, ‘no hard feelings.’ I said, ‘I’m not mad because I don’t know what you said, no way'. I don’t really worry about what you said. I’m not on the Internet everyday."
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