Stephen A. Smith backpedaled better than Michael Jackson after Twitter exploded on the ESPN “First Take” cohost on Friday afternoon his ill-advised rant about how women should stop provoking men into beating them down.
Wrong move. Seriously.
The controversy exploded with volcanic ferocity when “First Take” panelists broached the topic of Ray Rice’s seemingly light two-game suspension by the NFL for knocking his wife (then his fiancé) unconscious in an elevator. Smith insinuated that Rice’s wife provoked him and advised women to stop inciting their men into physical violence against them.
The man with the mouth that doesn’t have an “off” switch has often gotten himself twisted up like a pretzel. Back when Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson was arrested for head-butting Evelyn Lozada Smith opined that, based on Lozada’s reality-TV personality, Lozada had provoked Johnson to go upside her head.
After digesting Smith’s misogynistic line of thinking, female journalists and others spit out fire at the oft over talkative and high decibel Smith .
In fact, brushback got so intense, so hot, that the man known as “Stephen A.” was inspired to offer a wholesale mea culpa instead of the half-hearted apology/sermon he gave when he first got onto Twitter.
Turn the e-page to read how Smith tried — at first — to defend the indefensible, only to Moonwalk into the corner and wave the white flag to finally admit that was wrong all along. Also check out enraged women fire off shots at Smith for his arrogant and wrong-headed statement that women provoke men into beating them down.