British journalist Piers Morgan came under fire over the weekend after making an incredibly controversial remark about the late great, Muhammad Ali.
Following the passing of the boxing legend, Morgan compared the social activist to presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Morgan tweeted that Ali made “far more inflammatory/racist things about white people than Donald Trump ever has about Muslims.” He even stamped the tweet with #fact.
After being berated on social media for his comment, Morgan tweeted, “I’m sorry for ‘saying inflammatory things for attention’. That’s the last thing Muhammad Ali would have condoned.”
Several celebrities blasted Morgan, including Chrissy Teigen, who ended up getting into a Twitter war with the journalist.
In response to her husband, John Legend’s suggestion that Piers could “test us by announcing your retirement,” Teigen posed the question: “From what? trolling isn’t a job (I’ve tried).”
Piers clapped back and said, “Maybe I should take up a proper job, like modeling?” The model responded, “It keeps me nice and not-racist so sure, give it a go.” Piers responded by saying he was not “racist.”
Chris Brown even posted a lengthily response on Instagram.
Muhammad Ali died on Friday from “septic shock due to unspecified natural causes” at the age of 74. According to Ali’s daughter, Hana, the polarizing legend who shook up the world was surrounded by his family and friends.