'I meant no disrespect' - Conor McGregor apologises for use of homophobic slur but claims comment was 'blown out'
Conor McGregor has apologised for his use of a homophobic slur in a recent video clip that sparked widespread criticism.
In a prerecorded interview with Ryan Tubridy set to air on this Friday's episode of The Late Late Show, the UFC star addressed the controversy, which occurred backstage after an MMA event that McGregor attended.
McGregor apologised for his use of the word 'f*****', but added that the incident was 'another one where things just get blown out' and claims that people love to throw him 'under a bus'.
"I have to put my hands up there," McGregor said.
"I was watching a fighter, a sparring partner, a training partner, a friend, a brother of mine who has given his health, his body health, his brain health, everything to help me prepare for fights to give my brain health and my body health to entertain the public. That’s the fighter I was going to watch and support. I witnessed him lose a fight, and a potential career-ending fight, in a manner where the opponent was stalling and running away and I was upset.
"I was whispering in his ear and I was speaking on that and I said what I said. I meant no disrespect to nobody of the LGBT community. I didn’t mean no disrespect. You’d swear I was screaming at two people of the same sex kissing.
"I campaigned, when we were trying to get same sex marriage legalised, I was campaigning for that. It is another one where things just get blown out and they love to just, any chance they get they love to throw me under the bus. It is what it is. I’ll just say sorry for what I said and that’s it and try to move on from it."
McGregor appeared on The Late Late show ahead of the release of his behind-the-scenes film, Notoriousm which is out in cinemas tomorrow.