British middleweight boxer James Hawley was dumped by his management company MTK Global on Wednesday after posting a hateful TikTok rant attacking gay men and transgender people.
Hawley, a 21-year-old London resident who has been undefeated in his pro-boxing career, made the vile remarks while responding to a question on his now-deleted TikTok account about his feelings on LGBTQ people.
“Do you support LGBT?” a viewer asked the rising boxing star.
“I one-thousand, one-million percent do not agree with this,” he started his rant, adding that he has no problem with lesbians.
“Listen, I can understand girls get with each other all the time at parties and all things like that. I don’t care, not a problem. I’d want them to get with each other in front of me. But boys on the other hand, and transgenders, there’s something seriously wrong with you,” he said.
“What in the earth makes you want to change your gender and get f**ked in the ass?” he continued. “What is up with you dirty c****? I feel sorry for your families.”
(Offensive video) Today’s Scum is no other than “pro boxer” and really hard man James Hawley. Homophobic Filth. What a hard man. Report the Low life. What an absolute piece of dirt. pic.twitter.com/W7hdWwbDE0
— Baga Chipz (@ChipShopBird) July 22, 2020
The vile TikTok rant caught the attention of “RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K.‘s” Baga Chipz, who shared the video on Twitter and encouraged people to reach out to Hawley’s management company.
The prestigious boxing and mixed martial arts agency, which represents boxing stars such as Tyson Fury and Carl Frampton, was quick to act.
“The management team have made the decision to terminate Mr. Hawley’s contract with MTK Global with immediate effect and will no longer be representing him in any format,” the agency wrote in a direct message.
“MTK Global does not in any way condone, or support the views that were shared in any way, nor will these comments ever be considered as acceptable from any of our fighters hence the decision that was made by management.”
Yesterday professional boxer #JamesHawley responded to a question “do you support the LGBT community” instead of either ignoring the question or just saying yes he went on a viral tirade. This is his “apology” video after being let go from his management pic.twitter.com/0wkb9LXskc
— Jolene Dover (@jolenedover) July 22, 2020
Hawley later responded to the controversy by blaming “a few members of the gay community” for sending him inappropriate messages before claiming he is not homophobic.
He said that he was angered by those inappropriate messages which led him to “say a few things that I didn’t mean.”
“I have friends who are gay, and I also have a cousin who’s gay,” he said, adding that he “never meant anything by [his anti-LGBTQ tirade].”
Gay Twitter was not buying his “apology” video:
I wish they would just tell the truth and say
– I "had" gay friends, they hate me now
– I know gay people, they're not my friends
– I imagine having gay friends
— Dr Ryan Hamilton (@RyanPharmilton) July 22, 2020
Typical straight bloke hypocrisy.
Two women = fit
Two men = 🤮
— •ⓜ•ⓐ•ⓣ•ⓣ•ⓗ•ⓔ•ⓦ• (@MisterMatthewUK) July 22, 2020
Way to turn an apology into him being a victim. pic.twitter.com/ovx4R1YZMF
— Captain Keyworker 🇪🇺🏳️🌈🏴🌈 (@Rhys_fantastico) July 22, 2020
Absolutely pathetic apology. In fact to call it an apology is an offence to genuine apologies. Funny how he finds gay woman a turn on but gay men are dirty c***s. Makes me so mad, and the “I have a gay friend” line? Bollocks. They’re not your friend now.
— Taz (@TazF_R) July 23, 2020
— O_miCa🏳️🌈 (@mc_O_miCa) July 22, 2020
James Hawley has been sacked by his management company after sharing homophobic and transphobic abuse on TikTok.
In an apology on Instagram he said 'I have friends who are gay and I also have a cousin who is gay so I never meant anything by it and I'm sorry for who I offended.' pic.twitter.com/rwPnxkl0qL
— For The Love Of Queers (@lovequeers) July 23, 2020