The storm surrounding Tyson Fury took an unsavoury turn this week when BBC presenter Clive Myrie resorted to insulting the world heavyweight champion on live TV.
Fury has caused outrage in some quarters for being nominated alongside the likes of Andy Murray and Lewis Hamilton for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, something plenty of people have made it known they are against.
An online petition has been signed by thousands of UK residents in a bid to remove Fury from the list of an accolade the 27 year-old didn’t ask for or want to win.
There is no doubt Fury deserves to be recognised for his achievement in defeating Wladimir Klitschko on November 28, although those opposing the nomination want Fury ousted due to his personal beliefs.
An interview with a well-known British journalist from before the Klitschko fight has been repeatedly referenced after his win and shows Fury causing controversy with his comments on abortion, paedophilia and homosexuality.
Although Fury was just stating the following of what he perceives as scriptures from The Bible, the 6ft 9ins boxer hadn’t reckoned with the amount of attention and controversy the statements would cause due to his profile being raised significantly after the Klitschko triumph.
Trainer and uncle Peter has also had to defend the switch-hitter from a barrage of bad reporting, which has now culminated in public name-calling from a well-known BBC figure.
In a late night broadcast from the video below, Myrie stated; ‘Tyson Fury can’t be a dickhead and still win the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year’ when discussing the matter with two guests.