Terence Crawford suggests the coronavirus pandemic is a conspiracy and that he is ignoring lockdown rules.
The WBO welterweight champion revealed he has not been telling his family to stay indoors after claiming the effects of COVID-19 were being overplayed.
More than 1.8 million people have had a confirmed case worldwide including more than 535,000 alone in the United States, where more than 20,000 people who have tested positive for the disease have died.
Crawford, who says a friend of his had contracted the illness, is still training during the pandemic.
“It ain’t no different to any other day. I’m not locked up in the house. I’m not locking my kids up in the house, I’m telling you,” he said on a podcast with Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated that was published Friday.
“I don’t feel like these people that they say are dying and sick from it is actually true. I think they’re using fear to try to control us right now, for something else.” Crawford, who fights out of Omaha, Neb., his hometown, continued. “I don’t know what it is but me personally, I just can’t agree with a whole bunch of things that they’re saying now.
“The media runs the world. You put anything on, then everybody’s gonna run with it and you’ll have people scared.”
Among other things Crawford told Mannix:
“They said it really don’t affect healthy individuals, only the elderly or those with problems like asthma or breathing disorders — but that’s like any cold or flu.”
“You’ve got to protect the ones with body issues like overweight or obesity.”
“One of our friends said she had it but she said she’s doing better now so that was the only person.”
“I’m enjoying time with my family, at home, laid-back and chilled. I’m not anxious. I have my own boxing gym and I’ve got everything: treadmill, bikes, Jacob ladders, whatever you need I’ve got it.”
Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs) said he questioned why some professions are still allowed to work.
“If it’s so bad then why are people still picking up trash, why are people working but you can only do take out?” he said. “I have a load of questions I need answers to. What about all the police officers that are still working?
“Me, if I was a cop, if it was that bad, then I wouldn’t be working. I don’t agree with what they’re saying.”
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