In what might be best described as the social media equivalent of a one-two punch, Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Donald Cerrone used the offensive gay slur “faggot” to insult the reigning UFC heavyweight champion, then posted an apology to Instagram and Twitter, and then deleted the post.
Unless little cuckoo birds are circling his head after one too many kicks to his noggin, Cerrone meant it when he wrote that he “said something that was offensive & I’m truly sorry,” according to Towleroad.
During televised coverage of the weekend matches, Cerrone took part in a conversation about what would be the “worst fight” at the event. Jon Jones was a late scratch because of a failed drug test, as the Washington Post reported. So when the conversation turned to the title fight between Daniel Cormier and Anderson Silva — a late substitute for Jones — Cerrone made derogatory remarks about Cormier, who retained his title.
When asked for specifics, Cerrone described Cormier as “terrible,” and then said this: “How are you going to give up weight and then fight like a faggot, man?”
Towleroad reports a senior official, described as “incredibly disappointed,” spoke to Cerrone before he issued his apology.
Here’s the tweet that was shared from Cerrone’s Instagram account:
Earlier today, I said something that was offensive & I'm truly sorry. I've got so many friends… https://t.co/irC0XThw4V
— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) July 10, 2016
In a show of support, one of Cerrone’s peers included in his tweet the picture that accompanied Cerrone’s apology before he deleted it: him wearing a rainbow-colored shirt with the UFC pro-LGBTQ campaign slogan, “We are all fighters.”
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) July 10, 2016
No explanation has been given as to why Cerrone deleted his Instagram apology.
Watch the original slur by Cerrone below, via Twitter.
— Darragh Murphy (@DarrMurphy) July 10, 2016