Daniel Penny, the Marine veteran who is charged with manslaughter after he was seen on video putting a Black man in a fatal chokehold, said the encounter with Jordan Neely was not motivated by race and he is not a white supremacist.

Penny spoke to the New York Post on Saturday about the May 1 incident, which was partly captured on cellphone video on a northbound F Train and showed Penny on the ground holding Neely, 30, in a chokehold.

“This had nothing to do with race,” said Penny, 24, while speaking to the newspaper at Argyle Park in Babylon on Long Island.

“I judge a person based on their character. I’m not a white supremacist,” he added.