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Andre Berto I Didn't Call Ortiz a F** 'I Respect Gay People'

3/25/2016 10:45 AM PDT

Andre Berto: I Didn't Call Ortiz a F** ... I Respect Gay People


Andre Berto is adamant he did NOT call Victor Ortiz a "f*g" during a fight at their press conference this week -- telling TMZ Sports, "I respect gay people."

Berto and Ortiz got into a shoving match Wednesday -- when Berto felt Ortiz was getting too close during their face-to-face staredown. During the scuffle you can hear Berto say, "I ain't with that gay sh*t."

Ortiz told "Fight Hub TV" Berto also called him the f-word -- something Berto adamantly denies. 

"Not true at all," Berto tells TMZ Sports ... "I respect the gay community to the fullest."

"Listen, I respect gay people but I love women. So if another man comes and puts his lips near mine, it would make you uncomfortable."

"No hard feelings ... he just got too close."

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