Thursday, July 2, 2015

Emmitt Smith exits as Miss USA judge citing Trump comments: Report

NBC and Univision's decisions to severe ties with the Miss USA beauty pageant and the Miss Universe Organization, following Donald Trump's controversial comments describing Mexicans as "rapists" and drug-smuggling criminals, has one former NFL star joining their boycott.

Emmitt Smith, who was one of the celebrities set to judge the upcoming Miss USA competition, is backing the broadcast networks by ditching the sweet TV gig.

"In light of Mr. Trump's statements and the subsequent decisions made by NBC, I have decided not to participate as a judge in the 2015 Miss USA pageant," Smith tweeted Wednesday.

The 46-year-old NFL Hall-of-Famer added that his decision is not at all reflective of the pageant contestants.

"Knowing firsthand through my wife, Pat Smith, how much the women prepare for this event, I continue to send my support and best wishes to everyone competing this year."

Reelz, a relatively obscure cable channel, is filling the void left by NBC and will broadcast the event.

The three-hour event set to take place in Baton Rouge, La. on July 12 will also be available for viewing via

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