Female Bills coach harrassed, defended in Seattle

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Kathryn Smith

On a day where America may elect its first woman President, there is still proof not all have fully accepted women as equals. 

Bills special teams quality control coach Kathryn Smith is the only female assistant coach in NFL history. However, she takes shots from opposing fans just like any other coach. 

Before Buffalo’s agonizing 31-25 loss in Seattle Monday night, Smith was on the receiving end of a more gender specific taunt. The verbal barb was followed by a reprisal from a very surprising source. 

News 8’s Prescott Rossi caught the moment on camera. 

As Smith walked onto the field before the game, a Seahawks fan called Smith a “waitress” and screamed for her to bring him a Pepsi. 

To Smith’s credit, she kept walking as if she did not hear the fan. It’s exactly what almost every other NFL coach does almost every other time it happens. 

However, a female Seahawks fan standing next to the harasser was not so restrained. She slapped the male fan and waved her hands across her chest as if to say “no more”. He complied. 

Head Coach Rex Ryan said he didn’t know the incident occurred. He was not pleased. 

“I think that’s ridiculous. I think we’ll all agree with that. I don’t know what else to say about that,” Ryan said on Tuesday. “I get ripped all the time, and that’s cool. I’m free game. I’ve been called everything known to man and that’s OK. I’m the head coach and that’s part of the gig, no doubt about it. But I think that’s really classless.”

While Smith’s treatment has been generally consistent with the way fans attempt to intimidate every opposing coach, it has been noticed to occasionally stray into gender specific waters. 

This was the most pointed and direct example. And one of the few to not simply go accepted by fans in the vicinity. 

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