Tuesday 25 October 2016

Champion boxer David Haye sparks controversy for 'Oreo Cookie' Facebook post at Wimbledon

Catherine Devine

Published 09/07/2016 | 16:27

Credit: David Haye/Facebook
Credit: David Haye/Facebook

British champion boxer David Haye sparked controversy for posting an “Oreo Cookie” picture with a UK police officer at Wimbledon after the Dallas shootings.

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“It's Oreo Cookie time at @wimbledon With @anthony_joshua & Metropolitan Police's finest.

“They sure do treat us brothers in the UK a lot better than they do in the USA!” he wrote sharing the picture on Facebook.

“This lovely officer was literally squealing with excitement, nothing but love from our uk cops.

“This tactile police lady actually offered to give me & AJ a full body massage, I've never got that kinda love in the States!”

Fans of the boxer slammed his post saying it was “tasteless” and “racist”.

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Ter Ri wrote: “Ignoring the racist Oreo comment, As much as I love Anthony Joshua this has made a mockery of what's happening in America!! If they were normal black brothers than the police wouldn't be so nice! Come on Haye there has to be a brain in there somewhere.”

Paul Dolling wrote: “Disgusting, nothing more than basic racism. If something was said by a white person, all tell would be breaking loose. Totally inappropriate behavior.”

Deborah King said: “This is not the time or the place to try and be making jokes about the police brutality and deaths that are happening the US. I understand that you're probably trying to spread a positive message that not all police are racist but your delivery is wrong and inappropriate.”

America was left in mourning earlier this week when five Dallas police officers were shot dead at a “Black Lives Matter” protest.

The shooter identified as 25-year-old Micah Johnson, told authorities that he was upset about the police shootings of two black men earlier this week and wanted to exterminate whites, "especially white officers," officials said.

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