CBS Basketball analyst Seth Davis added his voice to the chorus of MMA naysayers with a pair of Tweets this weekend:
Looking on news sites showing picture of two muscular bloody men in homoerotic fighting pose….Sorry, I’ll never get this UFC thing.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) November 18, 2012
Maybe I’m a prude on this but I’m also a dad. I don’t mind my sons watching boxing, but I wouldn’t want them watching a UFC bout. — Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) November 18, 2012
Just read respected CBB journo @sethdavishoops' take on MMA. Very disappointing, but not shocking. Many feel this way. Their loss. ...— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 19, 2012
@arielhelwani The tweets were stupid and careless and you are 100 pct right to call me out. Appreciate and respect your work & passion.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) November 19, 2012
The Big Leadhad the response I found the most apt:
I just hope no one shows Davis this entire portion of the Sports Illustrated website dedicated to this homoerotic activity. Or tells him that CBS Sports has a partnership with MixedMartialArts.com. Otherwise a prude like Seth Davis might have to block his employers' websites on his sons' computers. Until then, he can proudly allow his boys to watch boxing where they can learn the proper way for men to touch other men.No homo.
Personally, I am not too worried about the homophobic responses of middle aged basketball writers but your mileage may vary.