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Debate Is boxer Tyson Fury’s BBC SPOTY nomination justified?

After stating that homosexuality “needs to be abolished — or else”, Tyson Fury’s month hasn’t been a quiet one. His reasoning? The Bible teaches him “being gay is wrong”. But with more than 100,000 signatures calling for his nomination to be revoked, is his inclusion on the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year shortlist justified?

“I’ve not called for his removal.”

John Amaechi OBE

John is a former NBA player. He tweets at @johnamaechi.

Let’s get this straight: I don’t “support” Tyson Fury at all, but a few people have wondered why I’ve not called for his removal from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist.

Firstly, we have to admit that the criteria for the SPOTY is so broad that almost any athlete could be chosen. Some think — and vote — as if the award was about sporting achievement alone. Frankly, if it is, people would have a case for voting for Tyson.

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