Former boxing champ Evander Holyfield: ‘Gays ain’t normal’

Big Brother bosses disciplined the former world heavyweight after he compared being gay to being handicapped and said it could be 'fixed'

Former boxing champ Evander Holyfield: ‘Gays ain’t normal’
06 January 2014

Former boxing champ Evander Holyfield has shocked viewers for saying gay people ‘ain’t normal’

The 51-year-old, who is currently appearing on Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother, was disciplined by the British reality show bosses.

The comments happened after The Apprentice runner-up Luisa Zissman asked Holyfield if any boxing stars had ever come out as gay.

‘I think it’s really bad that no one stands up and says it in the sports industry,’ she said.

Holyfield, who famously had part of his ear bitten off by Mike Tyson, asked her: ‘What would be good about it?’

When Zissman replied: ‘I think it’s good to be open like that because it’s normal’, Holyfield said: ‘But that ain’t normal.’

The US former heavyweight boxer added: ‘The Bible lets you know there’s wrong, there’s right’.

But when Zissman said people are born gay, Holyfield replied: ‘It don’t make no difference.

‘If you’re born and your leg were turned this way, what do you do? You go to a doctor and get it fixed back right.’

The next day, Big Brother summoned Holyfield to the Diary Room where he was scolded by the programme-makers.

They said: ‘Before you entered the Big Brother house the rules regarding unacceptable language and behaviour were explained to you.

‘Last night in a conversation with Luisa you expressed the view that being gay was not normal and that it could be fixed.

‘While Big Brother understands these are the views you hold, they aren’t the views that are held by a large section of society, and expressing these views will be extremely offensive to many people.

‘Do you understand why?"

Holyfield replied: ‘Yes I understand why. I thought I was just, I forgot about the thing. I was just telling her my opinion but it’s not like I was going to mention [it] to anybody else. It was just our conversation.’

What Holyfield should have said, is that there is one openly gay professional boxer. Puerto Rican Orlando Cruz is currently ranked as the number four featherweight in the world.

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