“He is a danger to society."
Boxer Amir Khan is being investigated by police for live-streaming while driving his £100,000 Range Rover.
The former world champion chatted to fans for eight minutes as he drove around on Christmas Day.
Khan was accompanied by a friend as he drove around near his home in Bolton.
Whilst driving, he is seen looking down at his mobile phone and reading messages from fans.
Khan also answered questions about his training regime ahead of his grudge match against Kell Brook in Manchester in February 2022.
The video clip was part of a YouTube live stream that was viewed almost 40,000 times.
After the original video was deleted, it was uploaded by FightHype where it was viewed a further 17,000 times.
The boxer has now come under fire as it is illegal to text or make a phone call – other than in an emergency – using a handheld device while driving.
Although Khan did not appear to touch his phone screen, he could still be in trouble with the law for driving without due care and attention.
Police are now investigating the video.
Greater Manchester Police said:
“GMP was made aware of a video on social media which appears to have been filmed whilst driving a vehicle. Police are currently investigating.”
The video angered many viewers.
One person said: “He is a danger to society.
“Too many people have died as a result of this kind of recklessness. It’s the reason it’s against the law.
“It’s illegal to take your eyes off the road and read text and social media messages.”
Another said: “Should he be driving with his phone in his hand?”
Other viewers labelled Amir Khan a “menace”.
Mary Williams OBE, chief executive of road safety charity Brake, said:
“Driver distraction can be deadly and using a hand-held phone at the wheel is never worth the risk.”
Amir Khan has had a string of previous motoring offences.
In 2007, Khan received a six-month driving ban and £1,000 fine for careless driving after he went through a red light in the wrong lane and knocked down a pedestrian on a pelican crossing.
Khan was fined another £1,000 and received a 42-day ban in 2008 after he was caught speeding at 140mph on the motorway.
Motoring laws that cover drivers’ use of mobile phones to take photos or videos, scroll through playlists, or play games, are expected to be beefed up in 2022.