Watch: Father of Omar Mateen Says, 'If I Did Know, I Would Have Stopped Him'

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Watch: Father of Omar Mateen Says, 'If I Did Know, I Would Have Stopped Him'

Yet, the elder Mateen has expressed homophobic views and support of the Taliban.

Published June 13, 2016

Seddique Mateen is the father of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen. After the shooting at Pulse nightclub on Sunday, Seddique was contacted to speak as to whether or not he knew of past violent outbursts by his son.

So far, one of Omar’s former co-workers and Omar's his ex-wife have already come forward to speak about his anger management issues and intolerance towards homosexuals and people of color. Now, his father has come forward and says that he had no idea his son could commit such violent acts.

Seddique did however recall in incident where Omar exhibited extremely homophobic views. Mateen’s father said, “[they] were in downtown Miami, Bayside, people were playing music. And he saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kid, and he got very angry.”

Regarding the shooting that took place that night, Seddique said, “I know as much as you,” and continues to say, “If I did know, I would have stopped him.” Seddique claimed that he did not know of any real violent actions that his son wanted to take towards gay people.

Although Seddique claimed to have seen his son speak out against gay people, he has allegedly made comments denouncing gay people himself. On Monday, Seddique posted a video on Facebook where he says he is saddened by his son’s actions but then goes on to say, “God will punish those involved in homosexuality," saying it's "not an issue that humans should deal with.”

The video has since been deleted and no further comments regarding the statement have been made on his behalf. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: The Washington Post)


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