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Pros react to Stephen A. Smith’s comments regarding women in combat sports

Stephen A. Smith has, not for the first time, said something stupid.

By Oscar Willis - 4 Feb 2021

Stephen A. Smith is no stranger to controversy. In fact, he seems to actively court it and enjoy it.

So considering that, perhaps it’s best to take his archaic comments regarding women in sports with a pinch of salt and as the headline bait they probably are. Still, as one of the leading figures in sports media, it’s a shame Smith recently offered his opinion that he’d rather not see women in combat sports (he wasn’t asked), to once again remind women athletes their goals and dreams aren’t accepted all across the board just yet.

“First of all, I love [seeing women in sports management]. I think that there’s an awful lot of women that are incredibly qualified to do the jobs that they’re doing,” Smith said, speaking on the Black on the Air podcast. Where I jump off the bandwagon is when they try to engage physically. For example, I don’t ever want to see a woman boxing a man. I don’t want to see that. I don’t want to see a woman in the UFC fighting a man even though there are some women out there that’ll kick a dude’s butt. We get all that. When I think about pugilistic sports, I don’t like seeing women involved in that at all. I just don’t like it.

“I wouldn’t promote legislating laws to prohibit them from doing so, but I don’t want to see women punching each other in the face. I don’t want to see women fighting in the octagon and stuff like that, but that’s just me. What I would adamantly be against is them fighting men. I don’t think that’s cool. Plus, you don’t ever want to give men license to believe that it’s all right to be physical with a woman, to be quite honest with you. You don’t want to do that.”

Naturally, Smith’s comments have raised eyebrows and drawn responses in the combat sports world — no doubt to Smith’s own pleasure — and the pundit now has a multitude of fighters publicly berating his belief.

Here are some of those responses:

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