Billy Joe Saunders has been angry over a video posted in jest regarding domestic abuse during the coronavirus quarantine.
The WBO super-middleweight champion has been suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control and condemned in some quarters for joking about a very sensitive subject.
There are rumors that Briton will lose a contracted fight with Canelo Alvarez. The fight was initially set to happen on May 2 in Las Vegas.
As the debate rumbles on before any punishment isaid out, a sufferer has spoken out in favor of Saunders.
“I have suffered domestic abuse and understand people’s anger. But I also know there was no malice in your video,” she said to Saunders. “It should be taken for what it was ….. a joke. Love to you and yours.”
Saunders’ trainer Ben Davison welcomed the Hatfield man’s response, stating: “A very adult sensible reply. Nice to see for a change, to be honest.”
A debate then opened up on the original backing as the woman continued to fight the corner of Saunders.
“Classy response Claire…..If only more people had your way of thinking. It’s our world now; unfortunately, snowflakes are everywhere. Sorry to hear you have had to live through domestic abuse, as no one should have to go through that ordeal. Take care,” said one reply to Claire.
Claire: “Thanks. As I said before, it’s all about perspective. Everyone is different, but you must take things as they are meant.
“Fair play to you, Claire. Billy Joe said it was intended as a joke to lighten the current situation and had been blown out of proportion. Thankfully people like yourself see it that way, although sorry you have been through this, but respect for seeing it as a joke and backing him.”
Claire: “Definitely. Just because you experience something terrible does not mean you lose perspective and absence of humor.”
Another sufferer spoke up on her ordeal despite Claire’s kind words and wasn’t on board with the sentiment.
“Nope. I’ve experienced domestic violence as well. Although his video was a joke, it was not in good taste,” she said.
“Jokes as such normalize domestic violence, which should not be normalized under any circumstances. The more it is normalized, the less it will be taken seriously.”