*Model/actress Melyssa Ford continued the debate: is being provoked ever an excuse to hit a woman?
The discourse stemmed from controversial comments Stephen A. Smith said on ESPN’s “First Take,” as we’ve reported. Smith said women should take responsibility for provoking men in domestic violence situations in reference to Ray Rice’s two-game suspension.
The backlash required Smith to apologize for his comments and he thought his career in radio was over until accepting a position with SiriusXM.
Ford admitted to The Brilliant Idiots podcast (hosted by Charlamagne Tha God and Andrew Schulz) that she provoked a man and felt like she would be hit in return — by this man who wasn’t violent towards women!
“While I was shaking my hand in his face, I smashed him in the face with the CD walkman. He didn’t even blink and punched me right in my face. Lip exploded. It was like *gasp*. Then I wilded out some more and he was like, ‘Oh my God! I gotta get her out of here,’ because we’re in the car in the street.[…] I’m sure there’s a whole lot going through his head.”
She continued with, “we got back to the house, it’s kind of like a blur but all I know is for the next like, day, every time he looked at my face he burst into tears. He was devastated he had reacted that way because he’s not that kind of guy. I just think that there’s some guys who have problems with beating women. They just do. Then there’s circumstances where he was a human being who was backed into a corner and he reacted without even thinking.”
She added if it came down to it, he would have to defend himself. She feels as though it’s not right for her to fight and provoke men.
“He is not the kind of man that would solve conflict with…or even women. That’s not how we would solve conflict by fighting. If it comes down to it, yeah. He’s going to defend himself. To a certain extent, this was a defense mechanism. It was a mechanism and my behavior activated it. It took me a while to learn to stop putting my hands on men.”
Watch Ford’s story below: