What ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith thinks of women in beat sports is of no problem to Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The way the previous UFC strawweight winner sees it, women do not require him on their side.
For the duration of a new visual appeal on the “Black on the Air” podcast, Smith was requested about girls taking on executive and management roles in men’s group sports. He started out off his solution by right stating his support ahead of likely off on a tangent about women of all ages trying to compete from guys, especially in boxing and MMA.
“Where I leap off the bandwagon is when they try out to engage bodily,” Smith stated. “For instance, I really do not at any time want to see a girl boxing a person. I really do not want to see that. I really don’t want to see a female in the UFC preventing a male even nevertheless there are some gals out there that’ll kick a dude’s butt. We get all that.
“When I assume about pugilistic sports, I don’t like observing ladies involved in that at all. I just really don’t like it. I wouldn’t promote legislating legislation to prohibit them from doing so, but I never want to see females punching every single other in the facial area. I really don’t want to see women combating in the octagon and stuff like that, but which is just me.”
People remarks garnered a potent reaction from the MMA community on social media, which include from Jedrzejczyk, one half of the consensus 2020 “Fight of the Year” from Zhang Weili at UFC 248.
Jedrzejczyk experienced this to say Wednesday:
I recognize your transparency @stephenasmith . Though I want every person at ESPN—and during the world—saw women’s athletics in a beneficial gentle, I assure you that we ladies never have to have your support. #2020WorldMMAAwardsFightOfTheYear #NationalGirlsandWomenInSportsDay
— Joanna Jedrzejczyk (@joannamma) February 3, 2021
I respect your transparency @stephenasmith. Despite the fact that I would like everybody at ESPN—and during the world—saw women’s sports in a constructive gentle, I assure you that we females really do not will need your aid.
Jedrzejczyk was not the only notable MMA determine to respond to Smith’s comments. You can see other reactions down below:
If you intend to go on offering Stephen A. Smith a platform to preach inequality in athletics, you are getting an outstanding threat in alienating fans and athletes alike. It is amazingly disappointing that you would endorse a person who is so derisive females in sport @espnW
— Julie Kedzie (@julesk_fighter) February 3, 2021
I am worn out of merely expressing “then do not view” and allowing fellas like him on their way. I am also fatigued of fellas like you making an attempt to notify women who’ve created a vocation out of combating what to assume about mentioned remarks. Sit down. Nobody requested you.
— Kaitlin Younger (@kaitlin_youthful) February 3, 2021
Really do not stress I read in advance of I retweet. He appears like anyone who’s afraid of some thing he does not understand. When are ladies combating gentlemen outside the house of random freakshow situations & why is it value mentioning in the identical breath as females fighting in the UFC? (the center paragraph 🧐) https://t.co/H9hvzZnUAb
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) February 3, 2021