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My Bad! Israel Adesanya apologises for ‘rape’ threat

Nigerian-born UFC star, Israel Adesanya has tendered an apology for threatening to rape someone during a social media spat.

Adesanya, in a spat with Kevin Holland, was caught saying “Bro, I’ll f**king rape you.”

The Last Stylebender was severely criticized over the loose remark in the since-deleted Instagram story which also drew criticism from the New Zealand government.

Grant Robertson, New Zealand’s deputy prime minister and minister of sport and recreation reacted to the comment, saying: “I’m sure Israel understands that, I believe he has deleted the tweet in question.”

“It will be up to the UFC as to what they do. But I would certainly be making clear to him, and to anybody actually, that we have to take rape seriously. It’s not an issue that anyone should be making jokes or flippant comments about at all.”

In a statement in response on Twitter today, Adesanya admitted that he crossed the line.

“Last weekend fight talk escalated to a point in which I crossed the line,” Adesanya wrote.

“I understand the gravity of this word and how it can affect and hurt other people apart from my opponent, although that was NEVER my intention. I am still (learning) to growing under the spotlight, and I take this as a lesson to be more selective with words under pressure.”

Adesanya, 31, suffered his first loss to Jan Blachowicz earlier this month in his failed bid to become the latest UFC double champion.

He vowed to bounce back stronger from the setback.

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