Oscar de la Hoya responds after Ryan Garcia banned by WBC over racist tirade (2024)

Oscar de la Hoya responds after Ryan Garcia banned by WBC over racist tirade (1)

Oscar De La Hoya has condemned Ryan Garcia's behavior (Image: Getty Images)

Oscar De La Hoya condemned Ryan Garcia’s discriminatory language after the disgraced boxer was expelled by the World Boxing Council (WBC). Garcia repeatedly used racist and discriminatory language against Black people and Muslims on a social media livestream.

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De La Hoya represents Garcia, who is signed to Golden Boy Promotions. But he was forced to release a statement after the 25-year-old engaged in his bizarre rant featuring racial slurs and disparaging remarks about George Floyd, a Black man who died in 2020 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes - the incident that sparked the Black Lives Matter protests and movement.

”There is no room for hate or intolerance at my company. Period,” De La Hoya said. “I condemn Ryan’s words in the strongest terms possible. I see that he has apologized, and that is a start - but it is only a start to earn back the trust and respect of those of us who have and continue to support him.

“We hope Ryan will use the time he has away from the sport to work through the issues he has publicly discussed. We stand ready to help in whatever we can.”

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Mauricio Sulaiman has expelled Garcia from the WBC (Image: GETTY)

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De La Hoya’s statement comes after WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman claimed he ‘feared’ for Garcia’s wellbeing in the wake of his comments as he banned the boxer. Sulaiman posted on X: “Exercising my authority as president of the WBC, I am hereby expelling Ryan Garcia from any activity with our organization. We reject any form of discrimination.”

Sulaiman added in his post that the WBC has offered Garcia “multiple attempts” to help with mental health and substance abuse. Garcia has posted an apology on X, admitting "I struggle with substance abuse" and that he takes "all responsibility for my words". He added: "It's been a tough couple of months, as everyone can tell, but I am sorry."

Meanwhile, Garcia’s family has released a statement in the wake of his WBC expulsion and cited his deteriorating mental health as a reason for the horrific words. Their statement read: “Our family unequivocally does not support any statements [Garcia] has made regarding race or religion – these do not reflect who Ryan truly is and how he was raised.

“Those who know Ryan can attest to this fact. Ryan has been open about his ongoing struggle with mental health over the years and as a family, we are committed to ensuring and encouraging that he receives the necessary help to navigate this very challenging time and address both his immediate and long-term well-being.”

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Garcia's epic win over Devin Haney has been scored a no-contest following his substance ban (Image: GETTY)

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Back in April, Garcia scored three knockdowns in a dominant majority decision triumph over Devin Haney, even if he could not snatch his opponent’s WBC junior welterweight title after failing to make the weight. But after clinching victory, Garcia tested positive for a banned substance.

He protested his innocence, but the New York State Athletic Commission reviewed the case and banned Garcia for a year. He was fined $1.1 million of his fight purse, while the state has also fined Garcia $10,000 - the maximum fine allowed - along with the fight being scored as a no-contest.

It is unclear what Garcia will do next, or if he ever will return to boxing. The win over Haney had bumped Garcia's professional boxing record to 25-1 with 20 knockouts. But the reversal to a no-contest means Haney recovers his unblemished record.

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