Newly-crowned heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, apologized in Belfast over the weekend for his recent controversial comments regarding homosexuality and the role of women. Fury was one of twelve candidates eligible for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award, and though Andy Murray ultimately walked away with the award, Fury took the chance to say sorry to the public for his remarks.
"I've said a lot of stuff in the past and none of it with intentions to hurt anybody," said Fury. "It's all very tongue in cheek, it's all fun and games to me. I'm not a very serious kind of person -- it's all very happy-go-lucky with Tyson Fury.
"If I've said anything in the past that's hurt anybody, I apologise."
There was a small group of protestors at the awards awaiting Fury, who promptly booed him when his name was announced. John O'Doherty, director of The Rainbow Project, had also expressed his disappointment that Fury hadn't been removed from consideration for the award after petition to do so gathered roughly 130,000 signatures.
"It is very disappointing that the BBC have ignored public opinion and refused to remove Tyson Fury from the shortlist, even though his late addition came after his disgraceful and inflammatory comments about women and gay people.
"An excellent boxer Tyson Fury may be, however his extremely callous and erroneous remarks about our community make him an unworthy candidate to be recognised among the UK's excellent sporting personalities and ambassador."
Fury didn't win the award, so I suppose all is right in the world. Perhaps now everyone will go back to their neutral corners, at least until Fury's next public proclamation.