The Irish Sun is reporting that a Kilkenny man who racially abused a security guard feels he is not racist.
The man in question stated that he had a Mike Tyson tattoo and would not consider himself racist because of it despite his offence.
Gardaí state that he was intoxicated in a public place and was threatening, abusive and insulting towards a security man.
A Garda Sergeant stated that: “He was shouting offensive names to a member of staff who was coloured.”
The man's solicitor however said that although his client accepted that his behaviour was out of order:
“My client says that he is not a racist and he has a tatoo of Mike Tyson on his arm.”
The sentencing has been adjourned until March.