Dr. Jen Welter, the NFL’s first female coach, has accepted an invitation to accompany Floyd Mayweather to the ring when he fights Andre Berto on Saturday.
Welter announced the news on Twitter:
While Welter is excited to be presenting the boxer in what could be his final fight, fans expressed outrage on Twitter that she will be accompanying a man who has previously been accused of domestic violence.
@jwelter47 good idea to support an individual known for domestic violence? It's just a PR move.— Naresh Jagernauth (@freshnaresh) September 4, 2015
@jwelter47 think its a mistake. Hes doing it so people dont talk about what he has done in the past. Dont fall for it— Donny Owens (@jdonowen3) September 7, 2015
@jwelter47 Obviously your words about domestic violence are just that. Attending the Mayweather fight shows you care nothing about women.— ALM (@ALWM77) September 6, 2015
Why go from this great, historic story, to fronting for a serial, unapologetic woman beater?— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) September 7, 2015
Welter spent the holiday weekend defending her decision on Twitter.
I have not yet met @FloydMayweather personally. I consider it a step in the right direction that he reached out to a strong educated woman.— Dr. Jen Welter (@jwelter47) September 7, 2015
Do you believe change occurs through outside criticism or through personal communication? https://t.co/xITtAeq8un— Dr. Jen Welter (@jwelter47) September 7, 2015
And why not? He invited a woman with a PhD in psychology ringside. https://t.co/H3qnTt8C3a— Dr. Jen Welter (@jwelter47) September 7, 2015
"By condemning a man based on his past, you are condemning him to the same future." -Dr. J https://t.co/Mif1ww5Ug9— Dr. Jen Welter (@jwelter47) September 4, 2015
I never prejudged my players, which gave me an opportunity to reach them. Maybe that's why Floyd extended his glove. https://t.co/JD9EegF1bd— Dr. Jen Welter (@jwelter47) September 4, 2015
Even with the critics, it looks like Welter will still be walking with Mayweater to his historic 49th bout.
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