Aljamain Sterling clarifies Andrew Tate’s tweets: ‘I never blamed anyone’

Aljamain Sterling had some explaining to do this fight week that had nothing to do with his upcoming title defense.

The reigning bantamweight champion is set to defend his title against two-time champion TJ Dillashaw in the co-main event of UFC 280 on Saturday, but he spent much of the past weekend defending against media commentators. social media after sharing a photo with himself and controversial influencer Andrew Tate and Tate’s brother Tristan.

“Top G’s never die,” Sterling captioned the photos, referencing Tate’s nickname. “Well cut it with you guys.”

Tate is known for his misogynistic and sexist videos in which he regularly makes derogatory comments about women, including tweeting in 2017 that “if you put yourself in a position to be raped, you must strip naked.” [sic] some responsibility. I’m not saying it’s okay that you were raped. The former kickboxer was recently banned from several social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, but remains a popular figure on social media with Tik Tok videos featuring Tate racking up nearly 12 billion views, according to The Guardian.

Shortly after sharing the photos of himself and Tate, Sterling found himself in a back-and-forth discussion with Twitter comments last Sunday, with hundreds of replies addressing a tweet in which Sterling attempted to clarify comments he had made regarding Tate and Tate’s opinions.

Sterling offered further clarification when asked about the controversy during the UFC 280 media day in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

“So I quote-tweeted someone who said what everyone else was saying they were picking on me for and I agreed with the tweet,” Sterling said. “And I said, ‘You’re right. I 100% agree with you that Andrew Tate should never say it’s a victim’s responsibility. So people coming up to me were completely wrong and I was trying to explain that you misread the tweet and then they would show me the same tweet and I would say you don’t understand what I’m saying. You are misinterpreting the tweet because I am quoting and I agree. I am on your side.

“I have more than 14 sisters. I love my mother. I would never tell my mom that if something like this happened to them, “it’s your fault.” It’s just the craziest thing to say to anyone. It’s like, if you’re in the neighborhood, and you’re walking in a nice neighborhood or something and you’re a person of color and you get shot for wearing a hoodie, I tell you it’s your fault for walking down the street. It doesn’t even make sense. Why would I ever blame the victim? He is the person who does not take the time to understand.

When some commentators tried to explain to Sterling why associating with Tate is problematic by providing examples, including a 2016 video of Tate that showed him physically attacking a woman (Tate later claims that the video has been edited) and its alleged involvement in a human trafficking ring that is still under investigation (Tate was not charged and denied the allegations), Sterling continued to defend his position.

On Wednesday, Sterling did not comment further on Tate specifically, but reiterated that his own tweets were misunderstood and he had no intention of blaming the victim.

“The clarity on this is that I never blamed anyone,” Sterling continued. “I think it’s the craziest thing to make an assumption like that and if you don’t understand what I said ask me to clarify, don’t start jumping the gun and throwing labels and bullshit like that.

“I think people are really crazy and I think that’s the problem with the world today. We’re so quick to condemn people instead of giving them a chance to reason and analyze what people say rather than just guess and just pass judgment and be dead wrong. It’s just the world we live in today. I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon. That said, I hope TJ Dillashaw moves the needle this weekend at UFC 280.”

Tate has proven popular with fighters in the United Arab Emirates, as UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards and bantamweight contender Sean O’Malley also recently shared photos of themselves with the Tate brothers.

Going forward, Sterling assured reporters he would not hesitate to speak out, despite the public backlash that often accompanies it.

“For us to be athletes and for people to look up to us and things like that or look up to us, we’re role models, or this, that, and a third party, or they want us to sponsor or support us,” said Sterling. “Why make us do all this and then try to tell us we can’t have an opinion? Aren’t we people too? So you don’t have to agree with everything I say, but you can respect it. I don’t have to agree with everything you say, but I can respect it. I can respect your choice. It’s your body, your choice, you want to do the things you want to do the way you want to do them. I’m not going to tell you that you’re wrong and I think that’s the problem. If you try to tell athletes that we shouldn’t interact or that we shouldn’t give opinions on things, then what kind of world would that be? It would be so boring, especially for us.

“Imagine me saying to you, ‘You shouldn’t have an opinion on sports’, which a lot of people do and they’ve never even played sports and when they say stuff I listen to like ‘C What are you even talking about? So it goes both ways, you can’t tell us we can’t have an opinion on the life we ​​actually live day to day and that you may have an opinion on what we do and you have no experience or credentials whatsoever. So I will always continue to be myself, no one will ever tell me to ” Shut up and dribble,” “Shut up and just fight.” I’m gonna have opinions, I’m gonna speak out, you can like it, you can hate it, whatever you do, it’s your choice. once, as long as I’m not hurting anyone, as long as I’m not causing any kind of riots or anything like that, I think that’s okay and I think that’s what makes the world a great place park e that we can all be different people and coexist together.

See more of Sterling’s social media back and forth below.

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