ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Blasted for Saying Women Provoke Domestic Violence

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My series of tweets a short time ago is not an adequate way to capture my thoughts so I am using a single tweet via Twitlonger to more appropriately and effectively clarify my remarks from earlier today about the Ray Rice situation. I completely recognize the sensitivity of the issues and the confusion and disgust that my comments caused. First off, as I said earlier and I want to reiterate strongly, it is never OK to put your hands on a women. Ever. I understand why that important point was lost in my other comments, which did not come out as I intended. I want to state very clearly. I do NOT believe a woman provokes the horrible domestic abuses that are sadly such a major problem in our society. I wasn’t trying to say that or even imply it when I was discussing my own personal upbringing and the important role the women in my family have played in my life. I understand why my comments could be taken another way. I should have done a better job articulating my thoughts and I sincerely apologize. –

 

Is this a case of too little too late, of being such an unrestrained hothead on television or so long that he felt immune from sanctions on ESPN?

People have lost their dream jobs of on-air reporting for less than what Smith said. We’ll have to see if this was enough to warrant a suspension or termination.

 

 

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