Controversial boxer Anthony Mundine has claimed the deadly coronavirus is a fake and a “ploy” to try and vaccinate the world.
The NSW rugby and boxing star made the bizarre claims on his Facebook page, which has more than 87,000 followers.
“I don’t even think this Coronavirus is real,” he wrote on Saturday morning.
“I think it’s a ploy to give a mass vaccine look into it (sic).”
So far more than 250 people worldwide have died from the coronavirus and almost 12,000 people have tested positive, including nine in Australia.
Mundine’s post has attracted a huge response from his fans, including a surprise amount of support.
More than 550 people gave a “like” or “love” reaction to the post, while about 200 gave a “haha” reaction.
“Yep like swine flu, bird flu it’s all smoke and mirrors to distract from what’s really going on,” one follower wrote.
While others laughed off his suggestion and implored him to prove his theory by heading into the Chinese city of Wuhan – ground zero for the virus.
“I think you should go over there and investigate choc….. I’m sure we could get a go fund me going for your plane ticket,” wrote a Facebook user.
“If it’s not real I dare ya to take a trip over to Wuhan China then and see how “not real” it is then (sic),” wrote another.
Mundine has been outspoken against vaccinations in the past and last year used his Twitter page to call for parents to not vaccinate their children.
“Don’t vaccinate your kids period! The government bully you into vaccine! Do your research on the s–t and watched the documentary vaxxed (sic),” he wrote in April.
Paralympian Kurt Fearnley was among those who hit back at the advice at the time, calling Mundine a “peanut” on Twitter.
“You can’t make this s–t up,” he wrote to his 47,000 followers.
“We’ve became so comfortable that some promote fear in our peace and others promote apathy in what should be feared…
“You got many mates with Polio? I do. A heap. From countries that didn’t have the luxury of vaccinations you peanut….”