‘It was just all hate from Chinese people’: Mack Horton reveals he got half a MILLION negative responses to a single online post after calling rival Sun Yang a drug cheat in Rio
Mack Horton has revealed he was bombared by half a million messages of hate from China during the Olympic Games.
Swim star Horton provoked fury after calling Chinese rival Sun Yang a ‘drug cheat’ before the 400m freestyle final in Rio, and then beat the 2012 Olympic champion in a thrilling showdown.
Horton has now explained exactly how much online abuse he received in the wake of his comments as he became a target in the world’s most populous nation.
‘It affected my social media more than it affected me. I had 500,000 comments on one of my Instagram photos and it was just all hate from Chinese people,’ Horton told Channel 7 after returning from Rio on the official Australian Olympic team flight.
‘I was aware of it, but I didn’t let it distract me during the week.’
Snowdog88, Itscoldhere, Antarctica, 22 minutes ago
Half a million messages is nothing … More than half a million people will boycott the product(s) that sponsor you … You have done yourself a disservice with your childish behaviour … apologise or repent at leisure.
LindaCasey, Adelaide, Australia, 7 minutes ago
Oh shut up.
Snowdog88, Itscoldhere, Antarctica, 31 minutes ago
What did you expect … YOU started spewing hate at one of their national sporting heroes. If Sun was not clean, the IOC would not have cleared him. Why did you pick on him ? Grow up …. and think before you open your mouth to spew abuse at others … The Olympics is an opportunity for the world to forge friendly relations.
graham21, london, United Kingdom, 1 hour ago
That’s why they have an Olympic Committee, your an athlete competing like the rest, it was not your place or right to accuse anyone.
LindaCasey, Adelaide, Australia, 6 minutes ago
No accusations, only truth. Suck it up and get over it.
kelcha84, Melbourne, Australia, 2 hours ago
He should of kept his mouth shut
TruthOrDare, Sydney, Australia, 2 hours ago
You obviously said it to generate a negative response
Grumpy Ken, Colchester, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago
Only half a million. Bearing in mind the population of China, I think he should have got more than that. He was trolling.