Boxer Yusaf Mack Admits He’s Bisexual, Wasn’t Drugged Into Doing Gay Porn

"I enjoy safely being intimate with whomever I choose."

When footage of Yusaf Mack in a gay porn first surfaced, the Philadelphia boxer claimed he had been drugged into performing in x-rated scenes.

But now that Dawgpound USA, the production company that paid Mack for his work, is threatening litigation, Mack is admitting he made the story up.

Yusaf Mack
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This is an issued public apology from my heart. I want to address a few situations with the first being the false claims I made about being drugged during the Dog Pound adult film.

I have never spoke negatively about the company that produced the film although the claim to have been given a drug by someone during set was a lie. I was completely aware and fully conscious during the film.

In the same statement, he came clean about his sexuality saying “I did participate in the adult film because, at the time, I needed money but also because I am a bisexual man. Meaning I enjoy safely being intimate with whomever I choose.”

Originally, Mack insisted producers gave him “a pill and a shot of vodka” to calm his nerves, and the next thing he knew, he woke up on a train at 30th Street Station with $4,500 tucked into his pocket.

He apologized to his loved ones for his dishonesty, but also pointed a finger at a culture that heaps such scorn on men in his situation.

My life was completely destroyed once it had been outed that I participated in a gay film. I selfishly tried to cover the truth and remain in denial, rather than accept the fact that I was leading a double life secretly.

After reflecting on the mess I had made I realized that I hurt a lot of my loved ones and the people I cared about the most were left disappointed and confused. It was unfair and time to come clean. I want to say sorry to my children and my ex fiancé, I am so sorry that I was a coward and hid a huge part of my life from you all.

To the ones that were once my friends and now feel disgust, I’m sorry, but this is my life. I’m not looking for sympathy or even understanding, I’ve kept this secret for a long time. It is time to move forward and this is me walking in my truth.

There are other men and women that are set up in the similar situations and I just hope I can be inspiration to be just be you. The extreme taboo and harsh criticism of living a same-sex lifestyle, especially as an African- American male, makes it hard to be completely honest and comfortable within yourself.

But I had to remember that I am a champ & I can fight and will fight through this. I am more than my sexual orientation. To all of my supporters I thank you dearly. For all other media outlets please contact my consultant Anthony Cherry.

We’re glad Yusaf is getting the truth out there, and acknowledging his mistakes. There’s no shame in doing porn and no shame in being bisexual. And it looks like he’s working to be part of the solution, not the problem.

h/t: Black Sports Online

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