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Stephen A. Smith

APOLOGIZES for Dom. Violence Comments

'Foolish Is an Understatement'

7/28/2014 7:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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072814_stephen_a_smith_launchStephen A. Smith says his boneheaded comments about domestic violence were "foolish" -- and this morning he went back on ESPN to beg for forgiveness. 

Smith got himself in some pretty deep trouble on Friday -- and really pissed off his ESPN co-worker Michelle Beadle -- who crushed Smith for implying that women can "provoke" domestic violence.  

Now, Smith says he has realized the stupidity of his comments -- calling his diatribe the "most egregious error of my career." 

In a 100 second apology on ESPN's "First Take," Smith says he doesn't truly believe that domestic violence is somehow a woman's fault ... and explains that he just did a poor job of expressing his true point of view.

The big question -- will Beadle accept the apology?

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