Holyfield reprimanded for comments on gays

Former world champion boxer Evander Holyfield gives his remarks during a funeral service for the late boxing trainer Emanuel Steward at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

LONDON (AP) -- Former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield has been reprimanded by the bosses of a British reality TV show for saying being gay ''ain't normal.'' Holyfield compared being homosexual to being born with a deformed leg, saying ''you go to a doctor and get it fixed back right.'' He also said it was ''a choice'' to be gay. The 50-year-old American made the comments during a conversation with a fellow contestant on Celebrity Big Brother in an episode that was aired Sunday in Britain. Program officials told Holyfield these ''aren't the views that are held by a large section of society, and expressing these views will be extremely offensive to many people.'' Holyfield was warned to ''consider very carefully the effects expressing such views may have.''