Laila Ali strolls with her Hubby Curtis Conway around Cross Creek in Malibu. (July 29, 2013)

Laila Ali strolls with her Hubby Curtis Conway around Cross Creek in Malibu. (July 29, 2013)

*Retired boxing champ Laila Ali tells TMZ she’s still got Paula Deen’s back despite her N-word controversy.

Before Deen’s kingdom came crumbling down, Ali joined Deen on her Food Network show “Paula’s Best Dishes” in April to cook up some Cloverleaf Rolls, Brussels sprouts, stewed beef and cheese grits.

Since her appearance, Deen has been branded a racist after admitting she used the N-word in private.

TLC asked Laila about the controversy when Laila and her husband, former NFL star Curtis Conway, rolled into Malibu on Monday.