Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Rutherford has publicly admitted to asking the BBC to be left out of the Sports Personality of the Year Awards after heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury was revealed to have also made the cut.
Rutherford reached out to the BBC to say that he would not be comfortable appearing on stage with Fury after the boxer’s bigoted remarks came to light last month.
Over 30,000 people have petitioned to have heavyweight Fury removed from the running for Sports Personality of the Year, Passport reports, but the BBC contends that he is an athlete first and foremost.
Fury has gone on record as saying a woman’s “best place is on her back, and has also likened gay people to pedophiles.
In an interview with BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine, Fury attempted to clarify the situation.
“Let’s not try and make me out to be some evil person and I hate gays,” said Tyson. “Because I don’t hate anybody.”
Rutherford told fans he turned in his nomination on Sunday via Twitter, but over the course of the next two days, the team implored him to stay on.
“The BBC have been hugely supportive in my hearing my own views and I am hugely honored and privileged to be included on the shortlist for such a prestigious event alongside so many remarkable sporting personalities, the majority of whom I will proudly say to my son I had the chance to meet.”
“I then asked myself, do I really want to disappoint my own family just because of a bigot’s views?”
Thankfully, Rutherford has decided to stay on. You go, Greg!