Anthony Mundine has made a public apology in the United States over his controversial comments about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Mundine read a prepared apology at the final press conference before his first fight on American soil against Bronco McKart in Las Vegas on Sunday (AEST).
Since arriving in the United States two weeks ago, Mundine has been shocked by what he says is a misunderstanding of comments he made in October 2001, when he said: "They call it an act of terrorism, but if you can understand religion, and our way of life, it's not about terrorism. It's about fighting for God's law, and America's brought it upon themselves".
After being heckled while he trained at Floyd Mayweather's gym, he sought to clarify his comments to Fairfax Media earlier this week and today made a public apology.
"I just want to clarify something that happened a decade or so ago about my comments on America, which wasn't directed at the American people.
"Firstly I would like to say that I am sorry for all the heartache that I have caused to the loved ones of those lost on September 11. I am sorry that people still have sisters, daughters, son, fathers and mothers abroad and in dangerous situations every day.
"No good ever comes out of war, only misery. It exposes innocent lives to danger unnecessarily.
"I am also sorry that what I said was manipulated out of context by the media and journos doing their best to tarnish my image and trying to portray me as a bad human being rather than associate the Mundine name with peace, charity, unity and love."
After Mundine finished, a former US soldier, who had been in Australia when the former NRL star made his comments in October 2001, stood up in the audience and thanked him.
"I was very, very upset," he said. "Not only am I American, I am a New Yorker. I think I can speak for a lot of Americans we were waiting for you to make a comment like that and I sincerely, sincerely appreciate it because as you know that took our country to its knees emotionally. I am a veteran also of the Korean war, so thank you."
McKart also thanked Mundine.
"I also want to say as a man that I appreciate you saying that," he said. "That means a lot to me as an American. I have had friends that I have lost due to that war so for you to step up and say that I say thanks, that took a man."
Mundine added: "I just wanted to clarify that I was not for killing innocent lives like they made me out to be. They caught me at a time when I was very raw and it was never directed at the people if America".
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