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Jen Welter, NFL’s First Female Coach, Under Fire for Floyd Mayweather Support

The former Arizona Cardinals assistant is criticized for accepting Mayweather’s offer to attend his September 12 fight against Andre Berto

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Jen Welter at Arizona Cardinals training camp.

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It wouldn’t be a Floyd Mayweather fight without some controversy, would it?

Earlier this year, Jen Welter scored an internship with the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant coach, making her the first female coach in NFL history. Mayweather, supposedly a big fan of hers, reached out to offer ringside seats for his “final” bout against Andre Berto, which she was quick to accept.

“Yes, the rumors are true,” Welter said on Twitter. “Looking forward to seeing Money in action.”

According to ESPN, she’s also mulling over an invitation to walk him out to the ring when he faces Berto this Saturday in Las Vegas. Here’s the problem, though: As you are probably aware, Mayweather has a very dark history with domestic violence. In 2001, he allegedly swung a car door into Melissa Brim’s jaw before pushing her into the vehicle and punching her. Several years later, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail after hitting Josie Harris in front of his children, as his 10-year-old son described to the police in a heartbreaking statement.

Sadly, those are far from the only incidents involving Mayweather and violence against women.

Adding to the controversy: In the hours leading up to May’s highly anticipated Manny Pacquiao fight, Mayweather’s camp supposedly leaned on promoters to revoke press passes issued to Rachel Nichols and Michelle Beadle, after both reporters had spoken outwardly about their disdain for the boxer in the past.

So you can understand why some folks weren’t thrilled by Welter’s decision to support the Mayweather as he drives off into the sunset in the car of your dreams. Beadle was particularly vocal in her opposition, tweeting “Everyone relax. Clearly @jwelter47 is infiltrating the mind of a serial woman beater up close for the good of the NFL moving forward.”

Welter, in turn, spent Labor Day defending herself from just about everyone on Twitter, including Beadle.

Despite having to spend her holiday fending off hordes of critics, it doesn’t look like it has deterred Welter from attending the fight. Instead, she’s looking forward to the opportunity to address a deep-rooted problem on a national stage – however she intends to do that.

“I looked at it as an opportunity to help,” Welter explained. “Yes, I know there are people that think I am turning a blind eye to the problem of domestic violence but they couldn’t be more wrong.

“The biggest problem is people want to ignore it and go away,” she continued. “It won’t. The only way to change it is to address the problem. Do I know if this will turn out well? No, I don’t. I know I can’t make a difference from watching from a distance.”

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