Saunders Apologizes For Controversial Video
Just recently, Billy Joe Saunders was in the middle of another controversy surrounding women, this time by himself. The WBO Super-Middleweight Champion posted a video of him hitting a punching bag, offering tips for men on how to hit women.
“Obviously, this COVID-19 is getting very serious, and we are isolated away in tight spaces,” Saunders stated. “If your old woman is giving you a little bit of mouth and you try to be patient, you try to be calm, cool, but after the seventh day, or sixth day, you’re just about to explode.”
The video, which has since been deleted, has been met with a lot of obvious anger. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn found Saunders’ video appalling, while fighters from all over (men and women) made sure to tell Saunders how they felt. Claressa Shields even shared a video to respond, showing ways to combat an abuser.
As a result of the video, the British Boxing Board of Control has suspended his license until further notice. There will also be a hearing. Saunders (29-0) ended up sharing a statement onto Twitter regarding his actions.
“I would like to address the situation at hand,” Saunders stated. “Let me firstly start by apologizing. There is no excuse fro 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 out of the very stressful situation we have all found ourselves in and the heightened emotions of families being confined to one another’s company.
“It did not cross my mind about the actual reality of domestic violence and its suffers and the second I realised it could cause any upset I quickly took the video down but unfortunately the way social media works, it spread like wildfire,” Saunders continued. “I can’t change that, I have and do wholeheartedly apologise.”
Saunders has since pledged to donate £25,000 to domestic violence charities.
This is not the first time Saunders has been involved in a controversy surrounding women. In 2018, Saunders was fined following an interaction with what appeared to be a female drug addict. He offered her money for a sex act or for her to hit a random person. He drove off after she did the latter. Back in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics Saunders was sent home following obscene behavior at a woman in a French hotel.
“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,” Saunders went on to say. “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 and become part of the public topic to prevent domestic violence and change future generations attitudes and that’s what I am committed to doing.”
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— billyjoesaunders (@bjsaunders_) March 30, 2020