Sports guy Stephen A. Smith has been in hot water since last week and now ESPN has hit him with a week-long suspension. Since the sports analyst made comments on First Take last week (July 25) about women learning to play their role and not provoke situations that lead to domestic violence, nothing was the same.
During a discussion on NFL player Ray Rice’s two-game suspension for alleged domestic violence, Smith said “But what I’ve tried to employ the female members of my family, some of who you all met and talked to and what have you, is that again, and this what, I’ve done this all my life, let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions.”
“My words came across that it is somehow a woman’s fault. This was not my intent,” said the Queens, NY native. “To say what I actually said was foolish is an understatement. To say I was wrong is obvious. To apologize to say I’m sorry, doesn’t do the matter its proper justice, to be quite honest. But I do sincerely apologize.”
Despite the apology, on Tuesday, July 29th the network decided to take action, suspending Smith and released a statement saying he wouldn’t appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for the next week and would return to ESPN next Wednesday.
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