My friend Glen is paralyzed from the waist down and he runs an underground MMA fighting league specifically for people in wheelchairs. I went to one of these fights and it was very disturbing. It was just strange to see people in wheelchairs hurting each other. I wanted to put a stop to it, but they were hearing none of it. They weren't deaf too just leg paralyzed. I'm wondering in your expert opinion is wheelchair MMA ethical or not? -- Shaunice from Jackson, Mississippi
If they're enjoying themselves then I'd say there's nothing wrong with it. As long as they're grown adults and they're wearing gloves I think it's fine. It must be a spectacular sight. I'd imagine MMA is a much more strategic sport when leglocks are entirely ineffective. The only thing that might get a little awkward is when they're on the mat wrestling and the ref wants them to stand up. Aside from that it's probably great.
|Wheelchair athletes should be seen just like functioning legged athletes, if not respected more for their perseverance.|
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