David Haye, approximately 1.1million twitter followers, a world famous boxing champion and firmly in the public spotlight, a man who finds it acceptable to use a word which went out with the ark in a pre-bout press conference by calling the baying crowd in Liverpool ” f***ing r****ds”.
That word itself is a vile word, a word that will stir a variety of emotions and anger at its use, especially when thrown about so freely, especially by someone so high profile and influential to his fans (all 1.1 million + of them) and its use is totally unacceptable.
It was disappointing that the use of the word was met with laughter and derision from the crowd as was the half hearted reporting and condemnation of it in the media. It shouldn’t be a funny word to use.
What would Haye and the media have had to say should Bellew or one of his entourage stood up and declared, “sit down you f****g <insert unacceptable racist insult here>” ? It would quite rightly have caused outrage. The word should be as unacceptable today as racist or homophobic language is, so why is it used so freely and without fear of retribution?
Yes it was heat of the moment, yes a lot of these boxing press conferences are stage managed and there for show, but as yet there seems there has been no apology from Haye as to the use of that word.
I guess he knows that he is a big, strong, brave man who can go toe to toe with any opponent in the ring and with an ego that says he will not back down.
But, if he wants to see genuine bravery and genuine strength, maybe he should stop a while and take a look at the individuals and affected families that he feels so comfortable in deriding to score cheap points over an opponent.
Real strength, David, comes from the family who having been told their child has a rare chromosome disorder or other disability dust themselves down to tackle it head on!
Real bravery, David, comes from the parents who as a result of their child’s condition spend weeks or maybe months in hospital and have to battle with complicated medical diagnosis where the doctors themselves are learning as they go.
Real strength, David, comes from the family who see their child suffer countless seizures every single day and even though there is often no answer they refuse to give up hope.
Read bravery, David, is the family who while out and about and minding their own business are met with stares, comments and ignorance like your own and yet are able to ignore it and turn the other cheek.
Real strength, David, is coming to terms with the reality that your child may not be able to achieve all the goals and dreams you had for them.
Strength and bravery, where you hear of children with the same disorder as your own passing away without a known cause and you hold them tight before they sleep, praying it never ever happens to your own.
He may well be a big, strong, brave man but his comments show the cowardly side of a man backed into a corner and retorting with the shameful use of a word which should not be used or deemed acceptable today.