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TUF Nations’ Tyler Manawaroa Tweets Racist Picture, Apologizes Following Backlash

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The Ultimate Fighter: Nations cast member Tyler Manawaroa’s future in the UFC is in jeopardy after a racist photo posted to his Instagram account surfaced over the weekend. The picture, embedded in fellow house member Kajan Johnson’s Tweet, depicts an African-American child sitting in a shopping cart with a racial slur typed in.

 

Manawaroa, who earned Team Australia in last week’s episode of TUF Nations, uploaded the picture to his account over 18 months ago. It has since been deleted from Instagram.

Castmate Kajan Johnson let his coach, Patrick Cote know that he didn’t approve of the post:

 

Following the immediate backlash, Manawaroa apologized through Facebook.

“I posted a pic on instagram that has offended people,” Manawaroa wrote, “Im very sorry !! As you can imagine that was never the intention. .as a dark skinned person myself who has delt with racism all my life ,I was making fun of the stereotype that all dark people go to jail..which is obviously not true….hence the irony…but I will remove it and I apologize for offending you”

The UFC has not commented on Manawaroa’s post or any repercussions he may face, but given Zuffa’s history of punishing social media offenders, the Australian may be out of a job. Two years ago, Miguel Torres joked about rape via his Twitter account and was immediately cut from the UFC. Nate Diaz similarly made a homophobic slur about Bryan Caraway and was subsequently suspended.

Check in with Scifighting for updates on Manawaroa’s comments and the UFC’s response.

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