Tyler Manawaroa posted a picture on his Instagram account several months ago – and well before he filmed his part for The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia.
However, over the weekend, a fellow fighter from the cast noticed the picture and brought it up to the world.
Kajan Johnson asked his TUF coach, Patrick Cote, “did you have any idea we were living with a racist?” Below is what appeared on Manawaroa’s account, which has since been taken down:
— kajan johnson (@IamRagin) February 9, 2014
Manawaroa issued an apology via Facebook after, writing, “I posted a pic on Instagram that has offended people. I’m very sorry!
“As you can imagine that was never the intention. As a dark-skinned person myself who has dealt with racism all my life, I was making fun of the stereotype that all dark people go to jail, which is obviously not true, hence the irony.”
After Johnson brought the picture to the world, Cote responded, writing, “wow !!!!! What a loser !!!!”
David Loiseau wrote, “I would LOVE to teach him about respect in a cage.”
Manawaroa himself replied, saying, “racism isn’t funny I know that. It was a joke” before issuing his apology.
During the most recent episode, Manawaroa defeated Nordine Taleb via decision, moving on in the middleweight bracket for Team Australia.