Billy Joe Saunders officially suspended from boxing for sick viral video “showing men how to hit women” while on lockdown
Rightly f*cking so.
The WBO Super Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders was told by the British Boxing Board of Control today (Monday 30th March 2020) that he was suspended from the sport until an official hearing can take place.
I’m glad the powers that be didn’t just wait for this one to blow over (as tends to happen sometimes); because the sad truth is, his words and behaviour in that video will have had an impact. That truly sickens me to write.
So kudos to the British Boxing Board of Control for acting quickly and delivering a just punishment for such unforgivable, grim behaviour.
The video – originally “circulated on WhatsApp” and later obtained by The Mirror – appears to show the professional boxer instructing men on how to hit their partners during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. You know, if they’re “giving you mouth” or something.
In the video, the 30-year-old pro boxer stands next to a punching bag and says the following:
“I just wanted to make a little video for all you dads, husbands, if you’ve got girlfriends etc.
“Obviously this Covid-19 is getting very serious and we are isolated away.
“If your old woman is giving you mouth and you try to be patient, you try to be calm, cool, but after the sixth day you’re just about to explode.
“So as she comes in, she’s just about to say something, all of a sudden you explode and hit her on the chin”
“All of a sudden she’s coming at you, spitting a bit of venom in your face, ready to say something, you may have left the dishes out, I don’t know what you’ve done but you’ve upset her.
“As she comes in, she’s coming at you and you’ve lost it, just keep it safe with the hands. So as she comes in, she’s just about to say something, all of a sudden you explode and hit her on the chin.
“She doesn’t know what’s going on and all of a sudden you dip down on that knee and you finish her off”
“At this time she may flash and see white and think, ‘What’s happened?’, she’s in a state of a horror.
“We have suspended his boxer’s licence”
In regards to the video, the British Boxing Board of Control said in an official statement:
“The British Boxing Board of Control have considered comments made by Billy Joe Saunders on social media.
“We have suspended his boxer’s licence, pending a hearing under the Board’s misconduct, at a time and venue to be confirmed as soon as possible.”
“It was a very, very, very bad out of taste joke, I am a God fearing man and I do not condone domestic violence under any circumstances.”
The professional boxer released a statement via Twitter earlier this evening. It reads:
“I would like to address the situation at hand.
Let me firstly start by apologizing. There is no excuse for my actions.
“It was a very, very, very bad out of taste joke, I am a God fearing man and I do not condone domestic violence under any circumstances.
“When I created the video in poor taste, I never considered how people might interpret it and instead was trying to make light of a very stressful situation we have all found ourselves in and the heightened emotions of families being confined to each other’s’ company.”
“It did not cross my mind about the actual reality of domestic violence and its sufferers”
“It did not cross my mind about the actual reality of domestic violence and its sufferers and the second I realized it could cause any upset I quickly took the video down but unfortunately with the way social media works, it spread like wildfire. i can’t change that, I have and do wholeheartedly apologise.
“I can only take actions to help people, and will be making a donation from my next fight purse to a British domestic violence charity to help victims and prevent future victims of domestic abuse. I will also host some self defence workshops and seminars for survivors and current or potential sufferers of domestic violence.
“Unfortunately I can’t take the video back, but I can do my bit to help people who suffer or have suffered”
“Unfortunately I can’t take the video back, but I can do my bit to help people who suffer or have suffered and become part of the public voice to prevent domestic violence and change future generations attitudes and that’s what I am committing to doing.”
He captioned the tweet: “My Sincerest Apologies”.
Images via Twitter and Getty