ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for remarks the television host made about domestic violence on Friday.
Smith appears on the network’s show “First Take.” In addition to being suspended from the television show, Smith is also banned from making appearances on ESPN Radio for one week.
In discussing the Ray Rice domestic abuse case last Friday on First Take, Smith implied that the focus should be shifted to include the “provocation” that leads to such incidents. It created a firestorm of criticism, including from colleague Michelle Beadle.
Smith called it “the most egregious error” of his career. He added that in no way did he mean to imply that such incidents are a woman’s fault.
The NFL imposed a suspension of two days on Rice after video of what appears to be the player dragging his then-fiance out of an elevator unconscious surfaced last year.
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