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to not accept this apology from Conor Benn?

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happyfootmum Wed 15-Feb-17 10:12:35

Sportsman Conor Benn was recently filmed mocking another boxer for having talipes or club foot as it is commonly known. He was shown to google the condition and then laugh at the photo shown which is obviously somebody's poor baby. He's since offered a measly apology which I don't feel is sincere at all. Read the story here angry

I have a son with the condition and it has been a tough journey so far and we are only at the start! AIBU to want Reebok to veto him as a brand ambassador and show that he's not a suitable role model? Please sign this petition to not allow him to get away from this without genuine remorse

AnyFucker Wed 15-Feb-17 10:15:39

Ugh what a vile person

Good luck with your son's treatment, happy. The outcome in the majority of cases is very good x

happyfootmum Wed 15-Feb-17 10:20:44

Thank you Any. Our physio is very positive with our son's progress so far smile

aaahhhBump Wed 15-Feb-17 10:52:49

So angry! Tweeting @reebokuk and @DWSportsOnline regarding his sponsorship deals.

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Wed 15-Feb-17 10:57:02

You can't demand genuine remorse and you can't demand a genuine apology if it's not there.

I'd push for Reebok to just drop him.

Good luck OP.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Wed 15-Feb-17 11:02:22

Signed. That's Horrible and disablist.
I'm sure Reebok and DWsports on line. Will get rid of him, after all. They wont want to give themselves a bad name will they.
Love to your little boy. Glad his phsyio is going well.

happyfootmum Wed 15-Feb-17 11:03:39

That's true Milk but my thinking is that if he's not embarrassed personally, then I want him to be embarrassed professionally. Thanks for your support!

Tomiades Wed 15-Feb-17 13:14:36

Signed and shared! If no good apology is given, or he tries to weasel out of it, then this behaviour is normalised to his diehard fans, who would defend him no matter what. If, on the other hand, enough people embarrass him into what could pass for a real apology, then his followers may receive a bit of education about what it means to be a good human...

maras2 Wed 15-Feb-17 13:26:18

What a nasty man.

Marlboroandmalbec34 Wed 15-Feb-17 13:28:52

Signed. Xx

TwitterQueen1 Wed 15-Feb-17 13:33:20

I would sign except for the fact that I have to provide my email and my address, which I am not prepared to do.

WaitroseCoffeeCostaCup Wed 15-Feb-17 13:43:00

I was born with this and so were 2 of my 3 children. My Husband often teases me about my gammy foot. I am very pc but I think you're over reacting, sorry.

GoNorthatthefirstleft Wed 15-Feb-17 13:58:05

He's a horrible man but what do you think a petition will do i was born with a sever club foot in my late thirties still having ongoing surgery my latest one a few days ago with the possibility of amputation if this does not work. My son was also born with it to sometimes ok just have to nit become the mass offended . Waitrose me and my son often joke about our feet together it's how we cope .

GoNorthatthefirstleft Wed 15-Feb-17 13:59:01

Sorry painkillers have messed with my ability to be coherent 😫

WaitroseCoffeeCostaCup Wed 15-Feb-17 14:05:07

Sometimes humour is the only way! I hope your operation goes well.

WaitroseCoffeeCostaCup Wed 15-Feb-17 14:05:28

Sorry, WENT well!

BertrandRussell Wed 15-Feb-17 14:05:41

He allowed himself to be filmed laughing at a picture of a child with very obvious disabilities. And using deeply offensive language about. Not sure how you could over react to that.............

AnyFucker Wed 15-Feb-17 14:16:55

Laughing at yourself is entirely different to using some real baby's club feet to take the piss out of an opponent

Gamesmanship I can get, both competitors are grown ups after all and I am sure the other guy can give as good as he gets

But using the baby's photograph is fucking low

GoNorthatthefirstleft Wed 15-Feb-17 14:19:33

What do you think petition will do ? Will it make him into a nice man ? He's clearly shown what an arse he is who clearly craves any attention good bad or indifferent things like this give him more airtime people like that are better ignored just like trolls on here. He'll get the attention he wants and I'm sure he'll be back with some other video.

WaitroseCoffeeCostaCup Wed 15-Feb-17 14:22:35

I'm not a troll, I just think there are more important things to protest about than this.

Somerville Wed 15-Feb-17 14:23:10

I'm all for a bit of black humour to help deal with one's own shit. But that's entirely different to mocking someones baby.

WaitroseCoffeeCostaCup Wed 15-Feb-17 14:28:23

So he's an idiot. So? Ignore him. I've never heard of him to be honest. I treat silly adult behaviour the same way I treat silly behaviour from children: I don't reward it. Ignore.

BertrandRussell Wed 15-Feb-17 14:57:52

He is being rewarded. By a sponsorship deal.

AnyFucker Wed 15-Feb-17 15:30:40

He is in a position of responsibility with influence over young minds. Would it be OK if he were mocking someone's race, skin colour or religion ?


He gets to stfu and be a decent role model or he loses the sponsorship. It should be as simple as that. Disability is not a soft target, or it shouldn't be.

princesspuds Wed 15-Feb-17 15:47:04

Signed x

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