Tyson Fury and the SPOTY dilemma

The case of the homophobic boxer…

The Queerness

Champion boxer Tyson Fury has found himself embroiled in a row over his credentials as a ‘Sports Personality of the Year’. Lee Williscroft-Ferris examines the case for his removal from the shortlist.


When it comes to ‘BBC Sports Personality of the Year’, I’m with Patsy Stone – it’s a ‘contradiction in terms’. As someone who tried every trick in the book to avoid PE lessons at school, I really couldn’t be less interested.

In many ways, the whole concept of SPOTY seems slightly bizarre to me. Personally, I see no reason to hold sportspeople up as role models simply because are more athletically able than most members of the population. That said, I accept I am in the minority on that point.

The recent ruckus around Tyson Fury’s nomination to this year’s shortlist has provided an ideal example of the dilemma at the heart of the issue of adulation of…

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