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Tyson Fury to be investigated for 'hate crime'

Tyson Fury's public proclamations about homosexuality haven't gone unnoticed, and got him reported to authorities for a complaint of a hate crime.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Tyson Fury isn't having a great week for a newly crowned heavyweight champion of the world. His recent comments on homosexuality certainly earned him some backlash, but probably some that he didn't expect as Greater Manchester Police say they've received a report of a hate crime stemming from those comments. Among other things, Fury had mentioned that homosexuality being legalized was one of the things that needed to happen "before the devil comes home," in reference to him saying the end of times is near.

Some people scoffed at that proclamation like they do to everyone else who predicts Armageddon, but at least some people were highly offended by those comments. The authorities, however, say that their taking the complaint very seriously.

"Greater Manchester Police take every allegation of hate crime extremely seriously," the force said, "and we will be attending the victim's address to take a statement in due course."

Fury has also offended numerous other people by making other public comments such as "a woman's best place is in the kitchen and on her back," to the point where a petition to remove him from consideration as BBC sports personality of the year has received over 100,000 signatures. The BBC has said, however, they are only considering him for his sports performance so they will do no such thing.

Fury has insisted that he won't change his outspoken approach, and has no plans to even attempt to tone it down (at least publicly), and mentioned that he knows he's not the best role model for kids - but that doesn't really bother him. And despite any of that, Fury says people shouldn't try to make him out to be worse than he really is.

"Let's not try and make me out to be some evil person and I hate gays, because I don't hate anybody," Fury told the BBC on Monday. "I can actually say I don't hate anybody."

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