ESPN Suspends Stephen A. Smith for 1 Week After Domestic Abuse Comments on TV

Stephen A. Smith

Smith came under fire last week when he cautioned women about provoking physical action from men when discussing Ray Rice’s two-game suspension for his domestic abuse arrest.

ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith will be warming the bench this week.

The sports network suspended Smith for one week on Tuesday for televised remarks he made last week seeming to suggest that victims of domestic abuse sometimes shared responsibility for physical assault.

“Stephen A. Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for the next week,” ESPN said in a brief statement. “He will return to ESPN next Wednesday.”

On Saturday, the Daily News reported that Smith is already planning to leave ESPN radio for Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio channel, where he will host his own show.

Smith has apologized several times for comments he made Friday on the sports debate show First Take, where Smith and fellow ESPN personality Skip Bayless discussed the two-game suspension the NFL levied on Ravens running back Ray Rice. Surveillance cameras from an Atlantic City casino showed Rice dragging his unconscious bride-to-be, Janay Palmer, out of an elevator, days before their marriage.

“Let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions,” Smith said. “If we come after somebody has put their hands on you, it doesn’t negate the fact that they already put their hands on you. So let’s try to make sure that we can do our part in making sure that that doesn’t happen.”

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SOURCE: New York Daily News
Nathaniel Vinton

One comment

  1. When did our nation become a land of thin-skinned overly offended bigots? Why is it that if someone expresses an opinion that someone finds offensive (almost anything anyone says can offend somebody), they are no longer qualified for employment? Whatever happened to this being a land of diverse ideas?

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