White UFC star Michael Chandler defends his and wife's decision to adopt two black children... after facing backlash over claims he's raising them not to see color

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  • Michael Chandler stood by his comments astir 'not raising Black children'
  • He said said 'virtue' was nan astir 'important thing' astir being a 'good man'
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By Emily Selleck

Published: 18:47 EDT, 11 June 2024 | Updated: 18:47 EDT, 11 June 2024

UFC star Michael Chandler stood by his arguable remarks astir raising his Black sons to not spot color.

The MMA combatant said 'virtue' was nan astir 'important thing' astir being a 'good man,' aft coming nether occurrence for his cognition towards parenting children of a different race. 

He and his wife, Brie Chandler, are parents to seven-year-old Hap and two-year-old Ace, some of whom they adopted. 


During an appearance connected nan Shawn Ryan Show in April, Chandler said, 'Whether you are Black aliases you are white, nary matter what title that you are, location are definite things astir being a man and being a bully man erstwhile it comes to characteristic and integrity and safeguarding nan helpless and sticking up for those who request it.' 

He went on, 'Being a bully man, a bully man of reputation, nary of that has to do pinch tegument color. Everything has to do pinch nan characteristic of nan man. Probably not an reply that immoderate group would opportunity is important, but that's wherever nan world has gone.'

UFC prima Michael Chandler stood by his arguable remarks astir raising his Black sons

He and his wife, Brie Chandler, are parents to seven-year-old Hap and two-year-old Ace

Chandler addressed his comments astir 'not raising Black children' during an interview connected The Pivot podcast last week, which is hosted by erstwhile NFL players Ryan Clark, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder. 

'I deliberation that soundbite evidently tin beryllium clipped … that small 5 seconds tin beryllium clipped, and of course, I would say, "Wait a second," but if you dive deeper into it, right, it was each astir their tegument colour is not nan astir important point astir them,' he explained. 

'And possibly I'm incorrect for saying that, possibly different group would disagree pinch me. The astir important point astir a man is being a man and nan virtues and nan things and nan characteristics astir being a bully man.'

Although critics slammed nan 38-year-old for seemingly neglecting to admit nan challenges his children whitethorn look arsenic a consequence of their tegument color, Chandler insisted he plans to person conversations astir title erstwhile nan brace are older.  

'My woman has wanted to adopt an African-American boy since she was a teenager,' he explained

Chandler said he plans to person conversations astir title pinch his sons erstwhile nan brace are older

'Obviously, portion of it, too, is if I would person done that question and reply and my sons were 14 and 11, it's a small spot different,' he went on. 

'I've sewage a 2-year-old, and I've sewage a 7-year-old. So possibly that mobility being answered to maine 5 years from now aliases … you know, my boy Hap now is 7, so, we're getting toward that direction, but he's ever conscionable been a small kid, and past Ace is conscionable a small kid. So there's ever nan age-appropriate scenario.'

Elsewhere successful nan interview, he explained why Brie was intent connected adopting children.  

'My woman has wanted to adopt an African-American boy since she was a teenager. My woman has had that connected her bosom since she was a teenager,' Chandler said. 

'I retrieve she utilized to do inner-city ngo work, she utilized to spell to Jamaica connected ngo trips pinch her dad. Everybody knew she was going to do it, eventually, someday. And she ever said if "I wed a bully man, I want to do this."'

The mates welcomed their first kid successful 2017 earlier adopting their 2nd boy successful 2022. 

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