Top 5 Russia-conspiracy fails of Rachel ‘highest-ratings-ever’ Maddow

By ethan / September 18, 2018

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has just enjoyed her most-watched week of all-time for her self-titled Rachel Maddow Show – proving once and for all that fake news and conspiracy are no hindrance to soaring ratings.

Maddow has made a name for herself as one of the most prolific conspiracy theorists in US mainstream news when it comes to all things Russia-related. Her laser-focus on Russia has even become the stuff of news reporting itself, with The Intercept, The Nation and Paste magazine all publishing pieces questioning Maddow’s single-minded obsession and her “all roads lead to Moscow” approach to journalism.

In celebration of the ratings milestone, we thought we should take a look back at some of Maddow’s greatest Russia hits – or misses, depending on how one looks at them.

It barely needs mentioning that Maddow is a true believer in the unproven theory that US President Donald Trump is a pawn of Russian President Vladimir Putin and that the two conspired to have the former elected as president in 2016 (or, as she put it, that the Trump presidency might be a “Russian op”) – so we’ll take a look at some of her more specific theories instead.

1. Exposed: Russia and North Korea share a border!

In a true journalism scoop by any standards, Maddow revealed in June (after much Google Maps research, no doubt) that Russia shares a border with North Korea. After a three-minute-long build up, packed with serious implications that she was about to impart some hugely significant piece of information to her viewers, Maddow revealed the geographical fact, which anyone with access to a map could have discovered on their own – and which most geographically-aware humans hopefully already knew.

It was all part of an 18-minute-long attempt to prove that the person who benefits most from good relations between the US and North Korea is actually Vladimir Putin – and that he secretly controlled the whole Singapore summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, no less.

2. RT colluded with WikiLeaks!

In March last year, Maddow decided to reignite the conspiracy that RT had some kind of advance knowledge that whistleblower website WikiLeaks was going to publish a new batch of Podesta emails and what would be in them. Her evidence? That RT’s Twitter account posted about the emails 19 minutes before the WikiLeaks account did. RT was “magically able to tweet” about the new emails “before WikiLeaks released them,” she claimed.

The real story is less exciting. Turns out, superhuman RT reporters found and published it because the docs had already been posted to the WikiLeaks website – before the WikiLeaks Twitter had gotten around to posting the link. In other words, RT was doing some journalism while Maddow was, well, doing whatever it is that Maddow does.

3. Rex Tillerson was a Putin puppet!

Former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s appointment was a “dream for Putin,” according to Maddow, who seems to be fond of implying that various public figures are secretly beholden to Moscow.

Maddow’s reasoning was that Tillerson’s less-than-prominent role in the State Department meant that Russia had requested actions from Trump that would “weaken the parts of America that most annoy” Putin. Trump’s decision to put “a friend” of Putin in charge at the State Department seemed to fit that theory, she said.

Tillerson was later fired by Trump on Twitter after the two clashed on various foreign policy issues and after Tillerson allegedly called Trump a “f*cking moron” following a meeting in July. So, it appears he wasn’t part of some Trump-Putin plot to weaken the US, after all.

4. We don’t do saber-rattling – evil Russia & North Korea do!

Outraged at Trump’s suggestion that the US hold a military parade in Washington last year, Maddow said that flaunting the military was something that would look “a little weird” to American eyes, because it was “not something that we do” in the US – unlike in those rogue nations like Russia, North Korea and China that like to show off their “military prowess” to the world.

That’s just not something Americans are used to, she said. In a piece for Paste magazine, Eoin Higgins wrote: “It’s hard to know how Maddow would describe the constant flyovers by Air Force jets at football games, the honoring of fully dressed Marines at baseball games, or the numerous holidays the United States has that involve the strutting of US military machines, personnel and paraphernalia.”

5. ‘We’ve got Trump’s tax returns!’ (or not)

Possibly Maddow’s biggest Trump/Russia fail ever was the bombshell she claimed she had regarding Trump’s personal tax returns. One March day last year, Maddow tweeted a serious teaser for her audience. It was a clear statement of fact: “We’ve got Trump tax returns,” she wrote, imploring viewers to tune in later that night and even adding “(seriously)” in brackets to really drive home what a big deal this show was going to be.

Perhaps after someone advised her to tone it down, the backtracking began: “What we’ve got is from 2005…the President’s 1040 form…,” she clarified. In less than an hour she went from having all of Trump’s tax returns to having one form from one year of his tax returns. And…the story itself turned into a total flop when the form in question revealed that Trump had indeed paid taxes that year – the opposite of what his critics were hoping to find. Maddow later criticized her own viewers, saying she had not caused unnecessary hype with her tweet, but that they had simply “leapt” to conclusions.

Keep up the great work, Rachel.

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UFC to host Times Square viewing for first McGregor v Khabib press conference

By ethan / September 18, 2018

The UFC will host a viewing party in New York’s iconic Times Square for fans eager to see Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov come face to face at the first press conference ahead of their October megabout in Las Vegas.

Nurmagomedov and McGregor will meet at a closed press conference at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Thursday, but fans will be able to follow the event live on the 330ft ‘Mega-Zilla’ screen in the heart of the Big Apple.  

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The bout between undefeated lightweight champion Nurmagomedov, 29, and Irish megastar McGregor, 30, has been hailed as the biggest ever in the promotion’s history by UFC chief Dana White.

Fans could see sparks fly when the two come face to face on Thursday, with bad blood continuing to simmer after McGregor attacked a bus containing Nurmagomedov ahead of UFC 223 in Brooklyn in April.   

That came after Nurmagomedov confronted McGregor training partner Artem Lobov over comments the latter had made about the Russian fighter.

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McGregor’s previous UFC press conferences have frequently proved incendiary. The Irishman famously swiped featherweight Jose Aldo’s belt at a promotional event before the pair were due to meet at UFC 189 in 2015.

Before his rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in 2016, he engaged in a heated exchange with his rival before Diaz walked out. McGregor then hurled an energy drink can towards Diaz’s team after having a water bottle thrown in his direction.

Nurmagomedov has typically cut a more reserved figure during his press conferences. His father and coach, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, has said that they will not respond to potential provocation from McGregor, but that any slurs from the Irishman “will not be forgiven.”  

READ MORE: We won’t forgive McGregor jibes, says Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father

Dagestan native Nurmagomedov heads into the fight with McGregor with a professional record of 26-0, including 10 wins in the UFC.

McGregor, who is 21-3, became the first fighter ever to hold titles at two different weight divisions in the promotion – including the lightweight title now owned by Nurmagomedov.      

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Marco Rubio doxxes ‘Salt Bae’ chef who dined with Venezuelan leader

By ethan / September 18, 2018

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) tweeted the address and phone number of an internet celebrity chef – famous for his appearance in the ‘Salt Bae’ meme – who hosted Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro for dinner.

The salt-sprinkling chef, whose name is Nusret Gökçe, hosted Maduro at his Istanbul restaurant over the weekend, and showed off his famous guest in a now-deleted instagram post. Maduro feasted on a $ 275 steak, smoked cigars with Gökçe, and described his visit to the eatery as a “once in a lifetime moment.”

Venezuelan opposition activists were furious, accusing Maduro of extravagant dining while millions of his countrymen struggle to eat and two thirds of the population are said to have lost around 24 pounds of body weight due to malnutrition.

“While Venezuelans suffer and die of hunger, Nicolas Maduro and Cilia (his wife) enjoy one of the priciest restaurants in the world, all with money stolen from the Venezuelan people,” tweeted opposition leader Julio Borges.

Others joined in, accusing the chef of “feeding the pain of a people and the ego of a dictator.”

Among the indignant was Rubio, who has called for regime change in Venezuela. He first slammed the “weirdo” Salt Bae for hosting the “overweight dictator of a nation where 30% of people eat only once a day & infants are suffering from malnutrition.”

The senator then discovered that the salt-slinging meme chef owns a steakhouse in downtown Miami, tweeting out its address and phone number “in case anyone wanted to call.”

Rubio’s doxxing earned him some praise from the right, but also some sharp criticism. Senators, one commenter argued, “shouldn’t harass their constituents.”

The government in Caracas has been a constant target for Rubio, who called Venezuela “the new Cuba” in a 2014 Senate speech. Since then, Rubio has pushed for tougher sanctions against the Latin American country, has encouraged a military coup against Maduro, and has spoke in favor of US military intervention in Venezuela.

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‘Sharapova could retire next season’ – former tennis star Chesnokov

By ethan / September 18, 2018

Russian former tennis player Andrei Chesnokov has suggested that five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova could retire as early as next season.

Chesnokov, who reached the semifinal of the 1989 French Open, said that Sharapova’s agent Max Eisenbud hinted that the player could quit the sport in 2019. 

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I heard that Masha’s agent Max Eisenbud gave strong hints that Sharapova could retire after the next season,” Chesnokov was quoted as saying by Russian outlet Championat.

That’s why she has decided to miss the end of the current season. I think, if Masha doesn’t take part in remaining tournaments it means she has some health problems. We know that she had troubles with her shoulder. If everything was ok, she wouldn’t have withdrawn from the tournaments, because Sharapova loves tennis and plays on court with pleasure.”

The tennis pundit emphasized that a 15-month suspension for using prohibited meldonium had impacted Sharapova’s results.

A one-and-a-half year disqualification definitely affected her performance. Many tennis players would have retired after that. Sharapova’s current results are far from her best achievements. Yes, she reached the French Open quarterfinal [this year], but was demolished by Garbine Muguruza,” Chesnokov added.

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Since returning to action in April of 2017, Sharapova’s French Open quarterfinal this year has been her best achievement at a Grand Slam so far.

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‘Crack pickup point’: East London residents create road signs to shame police into action

By ethan / September 18, 2018

A group of east London residents left frustrated by an escalation in drug-related crime in their neighborhood have created road signs such as “Crack pickup point” in an attempt to shame the Met Police into taking action.

A group of anonymous street artists have installed six signs on lampposts and have painted a vehicle parking bay marked “Drug dealers only” after being commissioned by Weavers Community Action Group from Tower Hamlets, east London, reports the Telegraph.

The guerrilla street artists known as the Columbia Road Cartel, who were asked by the Action Group to help highlight the spiraling crime levels around Columbia Road, near Shoreditch, have created fake signs that read “Give way to oncoming drug deals,” “Needle free zone,” “Crack pickup point,” and parking bays labeled “Drug dealers only.”

Residents who commissioned the artwork say they did so in response to what they see as police inaction towards “brazen drug dealing” that takes place “24 hours a day” on their streets.

Penny Creed, a local resident who shared the images, tweeted: “Local street artists trying to embarrass the @metpoliceuk and @TowerHamletsNow into doing something about the brazen drug dealing in my neighborhood #columbiaroad #asb.”

Another resident, Jonathan Moberly, said: “One corner of our street is used as a drug collection point 24 hours a day. Heroin and crack addicts gather in small groups waiting for deliveries which arrive by speeding car.

“It is barely possible to avoid walking around or through these gatherings when leaving or returning home. Six months ago, my stepson Jake was victim of a hit-and-run by one of the dealers.

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“His ankle was badly smashed and he is still unable to return to work. The authorities seem to be powerless or uninterested to act,” he said.

The Weavers Community Action Group claims to have in the region of 70 members. According to the Evening Standard, the group was formed in April in response to “open trading in hard and dangerous drugs,” which it claims have become “a normal part of daily life” around Columbia Road.

Metropolitan Police crime data illustrate that the number of arrests in Tower Hamlets has declined since July 2013, with 3,011 arrests between July 2013-2014, compared to 1,842 arrests between July 2017-2018.

A spokesman for the Met Police said: “We have been made aware of a guerilla art campaign which has appeared in and around Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets, against drug-dealing in the area.

“Officers in Tower Hamlets are working hard to tackle drugs offences to make the streets hostile territory for criminals.

“Local officers are fully engaged with partners and have a rolling program of enforcement activities that target those identified as selling drugs,” the spokesman said.

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‘A form of warfare’: Senate passes anti-opioid bill as overdoses ravage America

By ethan / September 18, 2018

The Senate has passed a bill aimed at combating the influx of synthetic opioids into the US, as the nation grapples with soaring overdose rates.

The ‘Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention’ Act, or STOP Act, was passed with a 99-1 vote on Monday, almost one month after President Donald Trump demanded the flow, via the postal system, of synthetic opioids –such as the deadly painkiller Fentanyl– into the US be stopped. Trump has repeatedly called for action to combat America’s opioid crisis, and has called foreign Fentanyl shipments from China “a form of warfare.”

The bill requires that all packages entering the US include electronic data on what’s inside, who shipped it, and from where. It also funds treatment programs, and changes certain laws to make addiction-fighting medicine more widely available.

The bill will now need to return to the House, so that representatives can approve changes made in the Senate. However, with each passing day, more Americans die of opioid overdoses.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 72,000 deaths by drug overdose last year, or 200 per day, up from 64,000 the year before. At least two thirds of these overdoses were linked to opioids. Drugs killed more people in 2017 than guns, car accidents, and the Vietnam and Iraq wars combined.

While death rates have fallen by a fraction in 2018, the situation on the ground remains dire. On the day of the STOP Act was passed, New York City reported a record number of overdose deaths in 2017. Across the country, the situation is much the same.

A powerful painkiller, Fentanyl is between 50 and 100 times stronger than morphine. Heroin dealers take advantage of its low cost and use it to ‘cut’ batches of heroin. The roots of the opioid crisis can be traced back to before the influx of Fentanyl, however. From the 1990s onwards, pharmaceutical lobbying and marketing led to the overprescription of opioid-based painkillers such as oxycodone. Powerful and highly addictive, oxycodone picked up the nickname ‘hillbilly heroin,’ and hordes of users were left with no choice but to move on to harder drugs when their tolerance increased or their prescriptions ran out.

Nowhere was the effects of the opioid crisis felt harder than in Appalachia, a former mining region and bastion of support for Trump in 2016. From Pennsylvania down through the Virginias, poor communities have been ravaged by opioid abuse. In the small town of Huntington, on the border of West Virginia and Ohio, local authorities registered 26 overdoses in one four-hour period in 2016. Fentanyl-laced heroin was blamed, and the dealer responsible was sentenced to over 18 years in prison last year.

Huntington’s poverty rate is over twice the national average, at over 30 percent, and median household income in the town is $ 29,800, almost half the national average of $ 59,000. Health workers there find themselves treating the same patients over and over again, seemingly unable to break the cycle of addiction.

“It’s frustrating when you see the same patients that you’ve tried to help any way you can over and over,” Doctor Beth Toppins wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). “It’s also really frustrating when you have a patient that comes in and they’re blue and they’re not breathing and you perform these life-saving measures only for them to wake up and curse at you, spit at you and leave.”

Huntington’s first responders too have found themselves overwhelmed by the cirsis. This June, the town’s police and fire departments announced they would stop responding to callouts for non-life-threatening overdoses, as doing so was “not an efficient use of resources,” according to police chief Hank Dial.

All branches of the emergency servies in Huntington already carry naloxone, or Narcan, a medication used to block the effects of opiates and revive overdose patients. Such is the scale of the problem that many callouts only involve administering Narcan, and thus do not require police or fire personnel.

Monday’s bill is not going to stop the opioid crisis by itself. Earlier this year, a panel of experts consulted by the New York Times warned that solving the problem will likely take hundreds of billions of dollars and several decades.

Until then, the STOP Act was broadly welcomed by US lawmakers and, highlighting the scope of the problem, will likely be approved by the House with little trouble.

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'I've missed her!' UFC flyweight champ Cejudo reunited with belt lost en route to Moscow (VIDEO)

By ethan / September 18, 2018

New UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo has finally been reunited with his beloved championship belt, eight days after it became lost when the fighter flew to Moscow for the promotion’s maiden event in Russia last Saturday.

Cejudo became champ by defeating Demetrious Johnson by decision at UFC 227 on August 4, ending the American’s seven-year undefeated streak and six-year reign as champion of the division.

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The pint-sized pugilist – who stands 5 feet 4 inches tall – packed his prized possession in his luggage for the UFC Moscow event last Saturday, but a mishap at security meant that the two became separated when his luggage was lost due to the fault of the airline or airport.

”I was flying first class priority, but my luggage is lost at this point,” Beijing 2008 Olympics 55kg freestyle wrestling gold medalist Cejudo told journalists gathered at Olimpiyskiy Stadium during UFC Moscow.

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Intriguingly enough, Cejudo’s medal was also lost due to California wildfires in October 2017, but will be replaced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“Luckily the UFC took me shopping, they took me on a shopping spree and I got all kinds of clothes, but unfortunately my belt was in my luggage. So now on top of my gold medal, now I’ve lost my belt! I don’t know what it is about gold, I just can’t keep it! But we’re gonna find it, they’re looking for the bags now.”

Unlike other fighters who lose their belts in the octagon, Cejudo was quickly reunited with his trinket in New York, we’re he collected his lost case from airport staff.

An excited Cejudo is seen approaching his bag, shouting “open the baby up!”, even finding time to discuss his fight with an airport employee who describes himself as a fan.

When opening the luggage, Cejudo can’t hide his delight when catching a glimpse of the belt: “There it is, there it is. From Moscow to New York and I finally got my big daddy,” he says while unzipping the belt’s svelte case, taking it out and hugging and cradling it.

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“Don’t you ever leave my sight again, you hear me. You hear me! I’ve missed you. I’ve missed her,” the champ says, before proudly holding the belt aloft, fighter and belt reunited once again.

Cujedo was in Moscow to witness the promotion’s inaugural event in the Russian capital, where knockout legend Mark Hunt was submitted in the first round by Aleksey Oleinik in the card’s main event.

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Meet Mantis: BB8 creator’s six legged bot waltzes into record books (VIDEOS)

By ethan / September 18, 2018

If you’ve ever wanted to get behind the wheel of a Star Wars-type robot, now is your chance thanks to one British engineer. Meet Mantis: the two-ton robot that has waltzed right out of sci-fi films and into the record books.

Hampshire’s Matt Denton has built the largest rideable hexapod robot, earning its place in the Guinness World Records. The iron giant measures 2.8m x 5m (9ft 2in x 16ft 4in), and tips the scales at almost two tons.

Inspired by the four-legged AT-AT walker robots in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Mantis is powered by a turbo diesel engine – allowing the gentle giant to walk at blistering speeds of just over 1 km/hr (0.6 mph). Although it may not be fast, Mantis is smart – boasting a Linux-based PC as its ‘brain’ and using special software to control each leg.

Even though the record-smashing might be amped up with brain power, the pilot has maximum control: 18 degrees of freedom by way of two three-axis joysticks and a whopping 28 buttons.

Mantis is not Denton’s first attempt at building a hexapod robot. Prior to the current world-record-holding robot, Denton built more than 20 smaller hexapod bots, with most being less than 1 foot (30 cm) in diameter.

So what’s next for Denton? As it turns out, Mantis is merely a “road test” to a more ambitious, much larger project: a 200-ton hexapod to be used underwater.

Denton took three years to build Mantis and try to work the kinks out of previous attempts at a hexapod robot. Denton’s previous effort, the MK I model, took a year-and-a-half to make, and suffered from crippling issues with the hydraulic systems.

“I had very little experience with hydraulics, but had to figure out how the engine, hydraulic pump and tank would work together,” he said, adding that he “had to become an expert in multiple areas” which meant “a lot of evenings reading.”

Denton’s work on the hexapod bots brought him full circle – from being inspired by Star Wars as a child, he was chosen to work on ‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ – later winning an award for his work on the fan-favorite BB8 robot.

“My younger self, there is no way that they could believe it, that I would end up working on a film and building a giant walking machine,” he said, before adding that it feels “amazing to be in the Guinness World Records book.”

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Allegations against Kavanaugh like ‘dynamite wrapped in radioactive material’ – NBC host

By ethan / September 18, 2018

Allegations of sexual misconduct against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are like “four sticks of dynamite wrapped in radioactive material” due to their timing, NBC host Chuck Todd has said.

College professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her 35 years ago at a high school party. Kavanaugh, who was nominated for the Supreme Court position by President Donald Trump in July, has adamantly denied the accusation, saying it is “completely false” and that he has “never done anything” like what the accuser has described.

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Both Ford and Kavanaugh will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday, during which the public will get to hear both sides.

Speaking on NBC’s Today show, Todd compared the atmosphere around the Kavanaugh nomination to the 1991 confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas, who was accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill. Todd said the timing of the Ford/Kavanaugh hearing so close to midterm elections and in the “Donald Trump era” made the whole thing feel like a “tinderbox”.

“It just seems that either side could see an eruption of a culture war that defines the rest of the midterm election in six weeks that could totally scramble what the outcomes could be,” the Meet The Press host said.

Indeed, the timing of the accusations, just before the vote to confirm Kavanaugh and two months before the hugely consequential congressional midterm elections, has raised eyebrows among some of Kavanaugh’s supporters and led to some heated online debate.

Ford’s allegation was made public last week by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California). She admitted that she received a letter in July, but said she did not act on it out of respect for the accuser, who did not wish to be named. Some have suggested that Feinstein’s timing indicates that the scandal is a last-minute effort by Democrats to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination, which they have been strongly opposed to, as it would shift the political balance on the court to the right.

Others have argued that the timing is irrelevant and only the substance of the allegations matter.

In order to defeat Kavanaugh’s nomination, Senate Democrats need to convince two Republicans to vote with them.

Todd suggested that he wouldn’t be surprised if the allegations and new controversy around his nomination caused Kavanaugh to “withdraw and chose to back down” — but so far, Kavanaugh has showed no signs that he is considering withdrawing his name as a Supreme Court nominee.

More than 22 million people tuned in to watch the infamous Thomas/Hill testimony in 1991. Thomas was confirmed in a 52-48 Senate vote and is still a sitting Supreme Court judge today. With far more news outlets and platforms available today, the number could be even higher for Ford and Kavanaugh.

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World champion boxer Saunders sorry for 'sickening' clip offering crack for sex acts (VIDEO)

By ethan / September 18, 2018

World champ boxer Billy Joe Saunders has apologised for a video in which he humiliates a drug addicted woman, including tricking her into agreeing to perform a sex act for crack cocaine, insisting it was “banter gone wrong”.

WBO middleweight belt holder Saunders was filmed enticing a desperate woman on the street to perform a sex act on a passenger in his $ 330,000 luxury Rolls Royce car, and also to slap an innocent passerby under the pretence he was a pedophile, with the promise of handing her £150 ($ 200) worth of crack cocaine.

Saunders, 29, can be seen in the clip, filmed from the back of his car, telling the woman: “Listen, let me tell you one thing: you are not going to tell anyone if I give you this crack. Swear on your granddad’s grave.”

Despite the woman’s promise, Saunders then changes the stakes, asking would she perform a sex act on the passenger beside him, to which she agrees on the condition the drugs be handed over first.

After asking the woman a series of intrusive questions, Saunders further attempts to exploit her situation by urging her to slap a passerby, claiming the man is a “pedophile” and deserves the attack.

The fighter is filmed saying: “Punch him in the face, go on I’m going to give it to you right now, punch him he’s a pedophile, punch him.”

The woman obliges, and slaps the man in the face and shouts “pedo”. The shocked victim vehemently refutes the woman’s claims, and she apologises. As the two further argue, Saunders speeds off giggling at the commotion he created.

Saunders later posted to his Twitter account: “Apologise to everybody who’s took offence totally in the wrong ‘ can’t do anything But be sorry ‘ banter when wrong ‘ Apologies once again.”

His actions were poorly received in the UK, and despite his apology, Twitter users were keen to let Saunders know exactly what they thought of his behavior.

UK police are said to be aware of the “sickening” clip and are looking into the incident, The SUn reports. The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) announced they had charged the undefeated boxer, who has a record of 26-0, with ‘misconduct’, and will stage a hearing next week into the matter.

It isn’t the first time Saunders, of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, has become the center of attention due to his online videos and social media activity; the traveller was filmed throwing chicken at WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in a Nando’s restaurant in Belfast in August, creating a fracas.

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He was also branded a “bully” after mocking the androgynous appearance of a shop worker in a UK mall on his Twitter account last year.

Saunders, who represented Great Britain in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, fights American Demetrius Andrade in the US on October 20 in the third defence of his middleweight crown.

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A victory for Saunders will all but cement a long-awaited fight with Mexican WBA and WBC king Canelo Alvarez, who defeated long-time middleweight king Gennady Golovkin on Saturday in Las Vegas.

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