One day after CBS announced the suspension of Josh Innes in Philly, CBS Cleveland sports host Kevin Kiley is grabbing his share of national attention. The Buffalo Bills have hired Kathryn Smith as the first full-time female assistant in NFL history. Apparently having a woman in the football field does not sit well with Kiley. Here’s what he had to say about that.
The Sporting News reported that Kiley said, “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 counter-productive. You’re setting her up to fail.”
According to a Deadspin transcription of Kiley’s show on Thursday (as reported by The Washington Post) Kiley said the following:
– 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.