Olympic gold medallist Kellie Harrington has said she is “all about community, inclusion and diversity,” after her interview with Off The Ball.
It comes after she was questioned about a now-deleted Tweet about immigration on OTB AM yesterday morning.
Harrington repeatedly refused to answer the question, accusing presenter Shane Hannon of “trying to hang me out to dry”.
In a statement following the interview, Harrington said she was “caught off guard” by the question and as a result, her responses were “not definitive”.
“I do not want to engage in politically sensitive matters,” she said.
“What I want to make clear is, through my life in boxing and inside boxing, I have been lucky to have had many multicultural influences and this continues to shape me to this day.
“That is something that shapes me as the person I am today and something I am very grateful for.
“The people closest to me will attest to this.
“Since the interview, I have seen some comments that I feel I should address and make my feelings and thoughts clear.
“As a sportswoman, I am proud to say I am all about community, inclusion and diversity.”
In October, Harrington retweet a GB News clip related to the abduction, rape and torture of a 12-year-old girl in Paris and suggested she was “the 12th girl in France this year who has been killed by an immigrant”, adding “And that’s just France.”
After coming in for some criticism over the tweet, she deleted it, saying “Don’t need the hate post”.
In the OTB AM interview, she repeatedly refuses to answer questions on the post, accusing Shane of being a “dog with a bone” in his line of questioning.
Shortly afterwards, a PR handler interjects and asks the presenter to move on to another topic.
Harrington eventually accuses Shane of “having an agenda” before calling an end to the interview, stating: "Over and out. I'm done."