Floyd Mayweather: ‘I Stand By’ Controversial Tweets On Lin, Race

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. is making no apologies for posting a racially charged comment on Twitter about Knicks star Jeremy Lin.

Mayweather tweeted earlier this month: “Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.”

“Do I regret what I said? Absolutely not,” Mayweather said at the Apollo Theater Tuesday. “I stand by what I said, and I meant what I said.”

The unbeaten boxer spoke at a press conference to promote his May 5 fight against Miguel Cotto.

Lin’s popularity has skyrocketed since emerging from the Knicks’ bench on Feb. 4. As the NBA’s first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese decent, the Harvard product’s improbable saga has touched basketball fans across the globe.

“The media always take your words and screw ’em up,” said Mayweather. “They failed to say that I said the guy was a good player.”

Amid heavy criticism, the 35-year-old wouldn’t back down in a series of tweets on Feb. 13.

The controversy prompted UFC president Dana White to call Mayweather a “knucklehead” last week for posts he described as “racist.”

“It’s OK for Miguel Cotto to represent the Puerto Rican fans and represent the Puerto Rican flag,” said Mayweather. “I’m a black American. I believe in supporting my own first. That’s where I come from. … That’s what I’m going to stand by.

“It’s so crazy. I’m not racist at all. I have Jewish people that work for me. Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, white people who work for me.”

Mayweather also said he doesn’t publish his own tweets, though that doesn’t mean the boxer isn’t responsible for the content.

“It’s a secret, but it’s not me,” he admitted. “I’ve got more than one person who works on my Twitter page. But did I tell them what to tweet? Yes I did.”

Do you think an apology is long overdue? Sound off in the comments below…

  • Farmmer bill

    Hey Floyd go back to the cotten field

    • Tommy

      Cotton, go back to 2nd grade

  • Dennis Witter

    All of the stupid comments are not restricted to the ruling class in America–STUPID is universal.

  • and here it comes.....


  • John R

    “The Media takes his words and screws them up” How could you say this when the media was just reading your own tweets…there is no room for conspiracy here Floyd…cant use that excuse every time.

  • bobby

    Floyd is just a typical ghetto punk that thrives on any attention he can get .Normally the only way they get it is when they open their pathetic stupid mouths …Is this the same tough guy who has been avoiding A real fighter the Pac Man ….

  • pugphan

    That’s funny, mike jordan, scotty pipen, magic, Chs Barkley, lebron, shack, and the list goes on and on and on of bwas wa has don made foitunes on madison av. Lin’s pos has been a revolving doh at the Knicks and none adem bwas what was given a shot da eva did anything widit. Now comes a kid who just happens to be Asian, hell he could’ve been Latin or Jewish, and maybe the punk, his tag is pbf which stands for punk, would have said the same thing. The pug has a showboating style, and if you look at his resume you’ll see that he has danced with a lot of pugs who were past their prime, hasbins and pugs who weren’t even on the same level. He does “Not!” have a signature fight, like Arguello/Pryor; Duran/leonard; Tyson and a whole bunch of pugs; Chavez and a whole bunch of pugs; Holyfield and a whole bunch of pugs; Marvelous Hagler and a whole bunch of pugs and the list can go and and on. So shut up, dance with pacman or go retire to Hasbin’sville.

    • Bill

      I have no idea what this guy is saying.

      • William

        Take LSD while typing.. There’s an idea

    • confused

      WTF? If you typed all that on Iphone or a android phone, turn on auto-spell. Better yet, keep your comments to yourself. You are not making any senses.

  • Master Shake

    Can’t he just be happy for the guy? Why does everything have to be about race?

  • Ralph Anthony Rags Morales

    This is why Merriweather gets punched in the head for a living. His head is good for nothing else.

    • GaryR

      Funny comment…but so true!

  • Ok 4Asians

    You can make all of the Asian comments you want.
    Just don’t say anything disparaging about a Jew,
    If you do that you are finished in this town.

  • Another Joe

    he needs to shut up and fight pacquiao, so an Asian can punch him in his big mouth

  • Joe D

    Esmerelda its not true what he said ….Lin has done things that have never been done I dont have time to list them all ….nothing to do with him being Asian.Sounds like the fool took to many punches

  • Esmerelda

    Apologize for what ?
    Not being politically correct ?
    The fact is, what he said was true, its just that it cant be said
    out loud.
    People are getting too sensitive and out of control.

    • Amtracmarine

      BS Esmerelda. Mayweater is a J.O. and so are you

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