Evander Holyfield, former World Boxing heavyweight champion has incurred the wrath of Homosexuals and gay-rights campaigners over comments he made in the UK celebrity Big Brother House about homosexuals.
The former heavyweight champion was prompted by Luisa Zissman (to whom he is currently chained in the house), and he appeared to have referred to homosexuality like a ‘handicap’.
The Apprentice star asked Evander whether many boxers had come out as gay in the past, and he made it clear he thought that sexuality was a choice and that being open about it “ain’t normal”.
“If you were born and your leg were turned this way – what would you do? You go to the doctor and get it fixed back right? All I’m trying to say, you know handicap people are born, you can’t say because they are born that way you can’t fix them,” he said.
When Luisa disagreed with his opinion, he added: “Yes it is a choice. C’mon, how can you not say you ain’t gay unless you sleeping with the opposite sex?”
After making the comments, he was called to the Diary Room for a telling off by Big Brother, who told him that his remarks which had caused offence would not be tolerated.
The 51-year-old’s comments have caused complaints, with many on social media asking for the sportsman to be booted out of the CBB house.
A part of Evander Holyfield’s ear was bitten off by former Heavy-weight boxer, Mike Tyson, in the duo’s second title fight on 28th June 1997.