Ryan Garcia apologizes for using racial slurs, says he is going to rehab

Ryan Garcia issued apologies via social media on Friday after using racial slurs against Black individuals and making derogatory comments about Muslims during livestreamed remarks.

The 25-year-old Garcia, who was ousted from the World Boxing Council on Thursday due to his comments, also declared on the social media platform X that he was entering rehabilitation.

“I accept full responsibility for my words,” Garcia stated in one post. “It’s been a challenging few months as everyone can see, but I AM SORRY.”
Garcia added: “I battle with substance abuse and it’s difficult for me with everything happening.”

Last month, Garcia received a one-year suspension from the New York State Athletic Commission, which also deemed his April 20 win over Devin Haney a no-contest after he tested positive for performance-enhancing substances.

Following his apology, Garcia made several more posts. Among his remarks: “I maintain that a black person can be racist” and “In rough neighbourhoods, everyone has used the N word.”
Garcia also grumbled that other boxers had made racist statements without facing discipline from the WBC.

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