Black MMA Fighter Derrick Lewis Shares Details On Helping A Man Carrying A Confederate Flag During Harvey

Derrick Lewis

Black MMA Fighter Derrick Lewis Shares Details On Helping A Man Carrying A Confederate Flag During Harvey

"He wanted to take his Confederate flag."

Published August 31, 2017

UFC star Derrick Lewis told "The MMA Hour" podcast earlier this week that he helped "over a 100 people" affected by Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston.

Well, one of the people who Lewis helped was a man carrying a Confederate flag.

Lewis, who is African-American and is known as "The Black Beast" by UFC fans, shared the details of the rather strange encounter when speaking with MMAJunkie earlier this week.

“I picked up one guy and his family, his wife ― he just kept apologizing to me, because all he really had was his clothes, and he wanted to take his Confederate flag,” Lewis told the website. “He wanted to take that with him and he just apologized and said, ‘Man, I’ll sit in the back of your truck, man. I don’t want to have my flag inside of your truck like this.’ I said, ‘Man, I’m not worried about that.'"

Lewis added: “His wife kept hitting him and saying, ‘You should have just left it."

He further explained why the Confederate flag wasn't going to stop him from making a potentially life-saving rescue.

“I don’t care about that,” Lewis continued telling MMAjunkie. “I live in Texas. It ain’t nothing new. I’ve been living in the South all my life, and it ain’t nothing I hadn’t seen before or discussed about. I don’t care about that type of stuff. I just wanted to help him.”

The MMA fighter used his Chevy pickup truck to help relocate stranded people, exposing himself to a rash of bites from fire ants, which have been floating along flooded streets. 

Lewis has been tweeting out some of his Harvey rescues in Houston this week.

Take a look.

Now, this is one caring man.

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Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Derrick Lewis via Instagram)

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