Former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates defender Mark Fish invited many critical fans for his 'All Lives Matter' comment on Twitter.
The uproar started when Fish liked a tweet that described Springboks captain Siya Kolisi as a BEE appointment, a 'worse' captain and an alleged 'racist'.
His response prompted outrage from his fans and the majority were disappointed Fish had differing views despite experiencing racism and inequality in the past.
Fish, himself, admitted he had seen more than most and defended his Tweet by saying he doesn't 'conform to this world'.
This understand and please I know who I am and what I stand for...I don’t conform to this world and have seen more than most...that is why all lives matter....I came into this world seeing no color and never have so why must I now👊— Mark Fish (@markfish74) July 22, 2020
One follower described Fish as 'privileged' and the former Lazio defender brushed the comment aside.
I love how people ..have to get personal to get their point across...I am whatever color makes you feel better about yourself👊— Mark Fish (@markfish74) July 22, 2020
Economic Freedom Fighters member Mbuyiseni Ndlozi also weighed in on the debate, saying Fish's sentiments represent 'false equality' and 'fake unity'.
Mark Fish’s denial of the legitimacy of Black Lives Matter reflects the failure of the rainbow nation ideology his sportsmanship in Bafana Bafana represented. It tells you that within rainbowism is a denial of the black condition, false equality & fake unity!— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) July 22, 2020
Ndlozi's sentiment was echoed by one follower who also felt Fish got tired of 'pretending'.
Mark Fish got tired of pretending about the Rainbow Nation Myth. pic.twitter.com/g5rggodLeO— African (@ali_naka) July 22, 2020
Former Pirates and Santos striker Lennox Bacela was shocked and speechless by Fish's views.
Abo Mark Fish WOW!!— Lennox Bacela (@lennoxbacela) July 22, 2020
Fish then issued an apology to anyone who felt offended by his views but remained firm that 'All Lives Matter'.
Sorry to offend many people...I certainly am not a racist but I am a firm believer in all people matter so all lives matter...no matter our past...focus on today and the future....if you don’t stand for something you will always fall for everything...have a fantastic evening !!— Mark Fish (@markfish74) July 22, 2020