YouTube star and pro boxer Logan Paul was partying in late January when he was spat on by a purported Univesity of California – Berkeley student, leading to an uncomfortable confrontation that was caught on camera.
The now-viral altercation shows two sides of the story: one video of the woman spitting on Paul and running away and another clip showing Paul confronting the student amidst a crowd of onlookers.
While many know Paul from his multiple controversies, much of the internet feel that he handled the issue with maturity, considering the tension of his conversation with the student.
“I’m sorry — not really,” the student admitted after being confronted.
“Listen, I got nothing but love for you, okay?” Paul replied.
“Thank you?” she answered. “I don’t really respect you that much.”
“I like everything about you,” Paul responded after she asked him if he liked her jacket. “But in the future, it’s not cool to spit on people.”
‘The Maverick’ went on to address the altercation during a January 28 episode of his ‘imPaulsive’ podcast, where he called the spitting a physical assault and claimed that he used his own experience with controversy to try to “change” the student’s behavior.
“I’m not really that mad, but also, it’s just really disrespectful,” he reflected. “I wanna see if I can change her in our interaction. Because I’ve done dumb s**t and disrespectful s**t like this. I wanna see if I can talk to her and say something to her that will make her see that this is not how to handle a problem.”
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Despite much of the online community praising Paul for his actions, others are commending the woman for spitting on him — something that he also addressed during the podcast.
“My takeaway from this was, everyone’s got an opinion about something,” he continued. “It is so hard to be right and have everyone agree with you. I cannot fathom that in any way, I was in the wrong here.”
a girl from the london program saw logan paul last night and spit on him ugh my queen
— peppa pig fan account (@felipe13quezada) January 27, 2020
Logan Paul fans like “OMG NEVER ok to SPIT on someone!!!!” Like they forgot literally like 30 controversial WAY worse things Logan Paul has done. You all are fucking delusional.
— julian (@juIianrain) January 26, 2020
Despite the outrage, Paul doesn’t seem to be letting the court of public opinion weigh him down in his quest to move on from being a “controversial YouTuber.”