Last night was a milestone in the world of sports. The Buffalo Bills promoted Kathryn Smith to special teams quality control coach making her the NFL’s first full-time female coach.
This hire raises a few controversial questions. What is a woman’s role in male sports? Should a woman be able to coach male sports?
Now I have nothing against a woman coaching. I believe it shouldn’t matter what color, race, religion, or gender you may be. If you are the best person for the position, then you should be given the position. Period.
There is only one issue I have with this hire. What now happens in the locker room? Is she allowed to be in the locker room with the rest of the team? Does she have her own dressing room to get ready in? This hire makes for some awkward and interesting situations when it comes to what takes place in the Bills locker room now. Players walk around naked in the locker room. They take showers in the locker room. There are certain comments that get made or said in the locker room that could be offensive to women. What happens then?
This is the same reason I don’t believe the media should be allowed in the locker room. There are things that happen in an NFL locker room that don’t need to be caught on tape. The locker room is a safe place for the players. Like the saying “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” What happens in the locker room should stay in the locker room.
And I don’t just feel this way about women coaching male sports. I don’t believe men should coach women sports for the same reason. I believe we open the door to a plethora of situations that could take place that wouldn’t otherwise.
I applaud the Bills for being pioneers in this area. It takes some strong intestinal fortitude to go against the norm. I hope this leads to other steps in advancing the process of bettering our world of sports.