Stephen A Smith suspended for speaking the truth

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  1. Shivvy

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    SPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack.

    Smith's commentary occurred during a discussion on ESPN2's "First Take" last Friday about the NFL's two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running backRay Rice following charges he assaulted his now-wife. The remarks attracted widespread attention, including a stinging rebuke online from a fellow ESPN personality.

    Smith issued an on-air apology Monday, saying it was the most egregious mistake of his career.

    A day later, ESPN took action. The network's chief executive, John Skipper, told ESPN's staff in a memo it was done after a "thoughtful discussion" about appropriate actions with men and women in his company.

    "I believe his apology was sincere and that he and we have learned from what we've collectively experienced," Skipper said.

    Smith will not appear on "First Take" or ESPN radio until Aug. 6, the network said.


    During the Rice discussion, Smith alluded to women in abuse cases when he said, "Let's make sure we don't do anything to provoke wrong action ... we got to also make sure that you can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to try to make sure it doesn't happen again."

    Shortly after Smith's remarks, colleague Michelle Beadle responded on Twitter that "I was just forced to watch this morning's First Take. A) I'll never feel clean again B) I'm not aware that I can provoke my own beating."

    Beadle, host of ESPN2's "SportsNation," continued with a series of tweets. She said that "Violence isn't the victim's issue. It's the abuser's. To insinuate otherwise is irresponsible and disgusting."

    Smith, during his apology, said it wasn't his intention to say that women could be responsible for their own abuse. "It was not what I was trying to say," he said. "Yet the failure to clearly articulate something different lies squarely on my shoulder."

    Smith didn't explain the point that he was trying to make.

    ESPN frowns upon its personalities attacking each other on social media or other forums. But it did not announce any punishment for Beadle.
     
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    now it should be noted that i despise Stephen A. and i think hes a racist prick. but he did make a valid point here
     
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    Whoopi Goldberg said the same thing
     
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    He shouldn't have done anything to provoke a suspension.
     
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    Hmmmmm
     
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    now we know what the "A" stands for.
     
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    Women act erratic because they can
     
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    Jay-Z didn't strike that crazy woman.
     
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    Lulz. This.
     
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    i've never hit a woman but i have applied a tender choking.
     
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    Stephen A. Smith is shit tier, but the pc police has taken over media and is fucking with people's livelihoods.
     
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    I don't like Smith either. My problem is that ESPN did not act decisively. They waited until Tuesday after he did it on Friday. This seems more like a reaction to bad publicity than a genuine reaction to what he said.
     
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    you just cant have an opinion anymore. thanks obama
     
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    Tl:dr

    Howeva!
     
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    Doesn't matter to me. When he comes on the screen, I always change the channel or mute.
     
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    I've never hit a woman, but I have eaten one :vag:
     
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    One week suspension is as much of a joke as the 2 games Ray rice got

    Yet Harold Reynolds got fired for one little tit grab
     
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    You am spelled truth wrong
     
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    This is how networks react. Unless it is something so egregious there was no margin for error, they will to gauge public reaction prior to getting any legal entities involved