Stephen A. Smith, one of ESPN’s blunt-talking sports analysts, said during his “First Take” broadcast show all NFL teams should be forced to hire at least one female coach to assist with play-making and other team activities.
He also suggested in this day and age, females ought to have to the ability to coach on all levels of professional athletics.
The sports world shouldn’t be “completely and unequivocally dominated by males,” he said, Breitbart reported.
Smith went on: “I believe, particularly with the bevy of issues that the NFL has endured and suffered from over the last two years, I believe there should be a female on every single NFL squad as a coach, in some capacity. I don’t think it should be completely and unequivocally dominated by males.”
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He said he “wouldn’t mind seeing as assistant [woman] on every team in the National Basketball Association,” especially since the WNBA, the women’s version of the professional league, has several male coaches.
“So as far as I’m concerned,” he said, Breitbart reported, “if that’s the case, why shouldn’t females be coaching on every level in professional sports?
His comments came during discussion of the Buffalo Bills’ hiring of the first NFL female assistant coach.