Boxer Anthony Mundine denies making ‘death to gays’ comments

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: Anthony Mundine speaks to media during the official press conference on February 1, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

A boxer has claimed that the media has “twisted” remarks in which he suggested gay people should be put to death.

Mundine, who recently appeared on the Australian version of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, said that capital punishment was “the only way to deter the problem” of homosexuality.

He said: “If we were to live in a society, just like in Aboriginal culture, that homosexuality is forbidden and you do it and the consequences are capital punishment or death, you think you are going to do it, or think twice about doing it?

“That’s the only way to deter the problem.

“Because they are pushing these gay rights so much in the Western world, the paedophiles out there want their rights.”

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 03: Australian boxer Anthony Mundine looks on after his cruiserweight bout with Danny Green at Adelaide Oval on February 3, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)


He added: “Hang them suckers…. they are not going to be happy until they have primary school kids being gay.

‘If you are going to be gay, do it behind closed doors, that is how it used to be.”

Challenged about his remarks this week in a video published by the Mail, Mundine claimed they had been “twisted”.

He said: ‘I’ve got nothing against the gays, I’ve got nothing against them.

‘They [the media] turned it around… I was talking about the paedophiles.”

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Anthony Mundine completes a Public Workout session ahead of the Anthony Mundine and Danny Green fight night on January 30, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

The boxing star, who is a former middleweight champion, claimed last year that Aboriginal Australians can’t be gay.

Mundine made the comment on Facebook on the ABC series Redfern Now after watching an episode which included a homosexual character.

The first episode of the second series centred around a gay man’s attempts to win custody of his daughter after the death of his partner.

He wrote: “Watching redfern now & they promoting homosexuality! (Like it’s ok in our culture) that ain’t in our culture & our ancestors would have there [sic] head for it! Like my dad told me GOD made ADAM & EVE not Adam & Steve.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20: Anthony Mundine (pictured) works out during a training session with Tim Tszyu on January 20, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Julian Andrews/Getty Images)

Speaking to Andrew O’Keefe on Sunrise this week he stood by his comments, saying: “I told you I speak the truth, I got nothing against homosexuality, if you’re gay, be gay, that’s you’re choice, that’s your right in this day and age.

“But don’t exploit it on prime time when there’s kids watching and having sons come towards you and going ‘dad is that all right, for a man to kiss a man?”

He reiterated that it’s not possible for Aboriginal people to be gay, saying: “Aboriginal law, it’s an old culture.”

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 02: Australian boxers Danny Green and Anthony Mundine face off during the official weigh in ahead of their Friday night bout at Adelaide Oval on February 2, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

A spokesperson told the Mail: “He has a lot of homosexual friends, he’s not against gay people but in his beliefs he doesn’t support homosexuality.

“The media keep pushing it and he stands on what he says. He deemed the episode was grossly inappropriate for the time frame and this issue just keeps coming up, going on and on and on.”