Conor McGregor denies he’s ‘against black people’ in a way that likely won’t stem criticism

“When he gets older, he’ll probably look back and say, ‘You know, I shouldn’t have said that,’” Floyd Mayweather (in striped shirt) said of Conor McGregor (foreground). (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Facing a backlash over comments made during his multicity media tour this week with Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor called any suggestions that he’s racist “stupid” and “ridiculous.” However, the way the UFC superstar chose to defend himself Thursday, in a crude manner on stage at the Barclays Center, may well bring him more criticism.

“Let’s address the race,” McGregor said to the crowd, while promoting his Aug. 26 showdown with Mayweather. “A lot of the media seem to be saying I’m against black people. That’s absolutely [expletive] ridiculous.

“Did they not know I’m half-black? Yeah, I’m half-black from the bellybutton down.

“And just to show that that’s squashed, here’s a present for my beautiful, black female fans,” the Irishman added, before gyrated suggestively. Here is video of his comments (warning: profanity).