*Stephen A. Smith’s comments regarding domestic violence has resulted in a one-week suspension from ESPN.
The suspension involves the on-air sports personality not appearing on his show “First Take” or on ESPN Radio until next Wednesday. The suspension is the latest development to occur since Smith attracted outrage from for remarks made during a discussion about the two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
As we reported, during the chat, Smith offered advice to men on what not to do. However, it was when Smith told women to make sure they’re not doing anything “to provoke wrong actions” that drew the most heat, particularly from his fellow ESPN anchor Michelle Beadle, who was highly upset with what she heard.
Realizing how wrong he was, on Monday, Smith made an apology for his remarks. ESPN wasn’t too far behind as it issued a statement acknowledging Smith’s mistake, saying “We will continue to have constructive dialogue on this important topic. Stephen’s comments last Friday do not reflect our company’s point of view.”
“As his apology demonstrates, he recognizes his mistakes and has a deeper appreciation of our company values,” the statement continued.
At this time, Beadle has not responded to Smith’s suspension.