On Wednesday night, the Bills announced that they were hiring Kathryn Smith, the NFL’s first female assistant coach, as a quality control coach on special teams. This morning, Kevin Kiley, a morning radio host on Cleveland’s CBS Sports Radio affiliate 92.3 The Fan, had some dumb things to say about it. The full audio:
“I’m sure if I’m running 100 miles per hour under a kickoff, I’m gonna wanna hear from Kathryn I could’ve done it better,” Kiley, who admittedly had no clue about the responsibilities the job entailed, scoffed. “That’s exactly what I want to hear … We’ve been through this a thousand times. There’s no place for a woman in professional sports, in football, coaching men. Men will not take to it. If you have 10 men on special teams, eight of them will be mumbling under their breath. It’s counterproductive. You’re setting her up to fail.”
Deadspin transcribed some other “highlights”:
This is the old conversation we had about having a woman vote for the Hall of Fame in football. It’s absurd. I mean do you really want your determination, whether you make the Hall of Fame in football, do you want a woman to have a vote on that, who’s never played the game and doesn’t understand the intensity of the game?
When you stand next to a woman are you bigger and stronger? Do you have the ability to impose your will physically on most people? Women don’t have that.
Football is about physical advantage. [Women] are at a loss when it comes to the reference points of football. This is not discrimination against women. I don’t care if a woman is President, that’d be great. I don’t care if a woman runs a corporation, that’d be great. But don’t set people up to fail.
She couldn’t possibly be qualified to the same level that a man could be qualified to do that.
One imagines an apology—and some form of discipline—is coming.
[H/T Mina Kimes]