Tyson Fury is criticised by fans for ‘glorifying weapons’ and ‘sending the wrong message right now’ as he shares a snap of himself holding a gun with the US flag in the background
- Tyson Fury criticised for posting photo holding an automatic gun on social media
- The 33-year-old boxer also stands in front of the US flag, while in Las Vegas
- Fan have been quick to condemn the boxer’s actions, calling it a ‘bad move’
Tyson Fury has been criticised by fans for sharing an image of himself holding a gun with the US flag in the background on social media.
The British two-time world heavyweight champion, 33, has come under heavy disapproval for sharing the image from a recent trip to Las Vegas.
He captioned his Instagram post: ‘Welcome to my world. Mother f……..s. John Rambo eat your heart out @gypsykingofficialmerchandise
Fans were quick to question the boxer’s decision, with one writing: ‘Put the gun down mate. You’re the people’s champion. Look what’s happening with guns at the moment, particularly in the US. You don’t need this big man. Bad move.’
Another said: ‘Very poor judgement and timing. Glorifying guns when America is in the middle of a gun crisis?! People look up to you, don’t be so daft.’
Tyson Fury has been criticised by fans for sharing this image of himself holding a gun with the US flag in the background on his social media page
The two-time world heavyweight champion has 5.7m followers on Instagram but many were unhappy with his latest post
Fury’s fan: Followers condemned his actions and said there was no need to be glorifying weapons so soon after the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas
A third commented: ‘Please don’t glorify automatic weapons, there’s enough [people] in the US doing that.’
‘I don’t know if pictures with assault rifles and the American flag is the best message to be sending right now,’ said another individual.
More than 45,000 American lives were lost in 2020 due to gun violence, more than any other year on record. That’s a 43% increase from 2010.
And the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, involving young children, has reignited the national US debate about its access to guns.
Meanwhile Tyson, who has been married to Paris since 2008 and have six children together, has reportedly been refused access to the US over his alleged links to crime boss Daniel Kinahan.
It is not known on what day this is thought to have happened. MailOnline has contacted Fury’s representatives for comment.
Addressing claims that Irish boxing promoter Kinahan runs a global organised crime group, Fury previously said: ‘That’s none of my business and I don’t interfere with anybody else’s business.’
Many comments were criticising his post saying: ‘Put the gun down mate. You’re the people’s champion. Look what’s happening with guns at the moment, particularly in the US. You don’t need this big man. Bad move.’
Fury, who was photographed in Dubai in February this year with the now US sanctioned Kinahan, said: ‘Because I had my picture taken with a man it doesn’t make me a criminal. I’m just a boxer. There could be a criminal in this building.’
Kinahan has been named as a senior figure in organised crime in Dublin’s High Court, and in April this year the US Treasury imposed sanctions on him, his father Christy Kinahan and brother Christy Kinahan Jr as well as several associates of the Kinahan family.
The US Department of State also announced the offering of rewards of up to $5million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the Kinahan family members.
Tyson has been married to his wife Paris since 2008. They now have six children together
He became a professional boxer aged 20 in 2008 and 13 years later he’s now world famous as a two-time world heavyweight champion with an estimated net worth of $65 million
Kinahan has advised Fury in the past, but Fury has not been accused of criminal activity.
On April 12, the United States offered a $5million (£3.8million) reward for help arresting the leaders of Ireland’s Kinahan drug trafficking gang which it likened to some of the world’s most notorious crime networks.
Tyson is a two-time world heavyweight champion. He was born in Manchester to an Irish Traveller family whose lineage comes from Belfast and Galway.
He became a professional boxer aged 20, soon winning the English heavyweight title twice and becoming the British and Commonwealth champion in 2011.