'He made a mistake' - Conor McGregor's manager Audie Attar on 'dance for me boy' comments
Conor McGregor's manager Audie Attar admitted that Conor McGregor made a mistake with his 'dance for me boy' comments that he directed towards Floyd Mayweather Jr. during the pre-fight press tour.
The claims of racism levelled against McGregor first arose during the first legs of the tour in Los Angeles and Toronto when he told Mayweather "dance for me, boy" - a phrase that has racial overtones.
McGregor was widely criticised for the remarks and said that it was a 'slip of the tongue' this week, however, his manager Attar told Newstalk's Off The Ball on Friday that McGregor had made a mistake with his original remarks, which was then followed up by his 'I'm half-black from the belly button down' remarks on the New York leg of the tour.
"Conor even admitted that he was a little insensitive to the whole thing," said Attar.
"He tried to make light of the situation and it got worse. We had frank discussions about it and I can tell you that he was sincerely, sincerely sorry if he offended anybody else.
"Not Floyd, because Floyd wasn't going to get into his head, but we had serious conversations of what using the word 'boy' means here to the African-American community, and why it's still such a sensitive subject to come from the mouth of a caucasian.
"Conor is so proud of his Irish heritage that he identifies with the African-American community in so many different ways. Particularly through what the Irish have gone through in history. But at the same timem what I've tried to explain to him is that an African-American here, they don't understand that.
"At the end of the day he can still have an olive branch and try and explain to people what's going on. He doens't have to give into Floyd's mental game and spin job that he's trying to create, but at the same time, he needs to show my good African-American friends, his African-American friends, that that's not him.
"He made a mistake. He is human, but that's not what he is. He is very sorry if he offended him."