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Evander Holyfield's son defends dad over CBB gay remarks

IN HOT WATER: Evander Holyfield

EVANDER HOLYFIELD'S son has jumped to the defence of his father after the 51-year-old said that homosexuality wasn't "normal" during a discussion on Celebrity Big Brother.

"My dad is the most loving and caring person you will ever meet. He treats everyone like a human being, even if they are homosexual," 23-year-old Ewin told TMZ.

"My dad feels that being gay is a choice and naturally that's how things work. You cannot procreate and make a baby with two women or two men. But at the same time, my dad is not going to judge someone for their sexual orientation."

The heavyweight boxer, a devout born-again Christian, made the controversial comments when housemate Luisa Zissman asked him whether any boxers had come out as gay.

Zissman said there should be more openly gay sports stars, to which Holyfied replied: “But that ain’t normal.”

When challenged about his opinion, with Zissman saying people can be born gay, the former king of the ring defended himself by using scripture.

On air, he added: “It don't make no difference. If you're born and your leg were turned this way, what do you do? You go to a doctor and get it fixed back right.”


ON THE RECORD: The heavyweight boxer, a devout born-again Christian, made the controversial comments when housemate Luisa Zissman asked him whether any boxers had come out as gay

Zissman, a former Apprentice contestant, quickly tried to warn Evander to not continue what he was saying as he insisted being gay was a choice.

But Holyfield persisted saying: "All I’m trying to say, you know handicap people are born, you can’t say because they are born that way you can’t fix them."

She told the boxer she didn't think the two things were comparable, but he maintained his view.

He said: "Yes it is a choice. C'mon, how can you not say you ain't gay unless you sleeping with the opposite sex?'

He was then called to the Diary Room where he was told his behaviour was unacceptable and he was reminded that he had been told before entering the house that offensive comments would not be tolerated.

The Holyfield’s son went on to say he has a gay uncle whom Evander treats like a brother.

He later took to Twitter to thank TMZ writer Charlie Neff "for the opportunity to clear the air".

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