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Stephen A. Smith

SUSPENDED by ESPN

For Domestic Violence Remarks

7/29/2014 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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ESPN is yanking Stephen A. Smith off the air -- suspending him for the inflammatory comments he made about women and domestic violence last week.

The network says Smith will not appear on his show "First Take" or on ESPN Radio until next Wednesday. During a discussion about Ray Rice's suspension, Stephen A. said he would tell women to make sure they're not doing anything "to provoke wrong actions" ... in addition to telling men what NOT to do.

This morning on "First Take" Smith apologized -- and ESPN released a statement, 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."

The network continued ... "As his apology demonstrates, he recognizes his mistakes and has a deeper appreciation of our company values.” 

Smith's comments also infuriated fellow ESPN anchor Michelle Beadle. She's yet to react to his suspension.

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31.

Alex Brauer    

Does this mean skip bayless wins end of story?

52 days ago
32.

jay26mc    

What he meant was correct he just didn't choose the best way to say it. Complete overreaction by the media once again.

52 days ago
33.

static    

It's racism.

52 days ago
34.

Perverted Truth    

Sorry about the multiple posts. This guy is a tool, they should fire his ass. Self-righteous fool, would love to see him get smacked around.

52 days ago
35.

OBAMA2016    

Bottom line, it's not MORALLY right to hit a women, but the truth hurts. Woman CAN be provokers. Good day to you all.

52 days ago
36.

watzitooya    

Yikes!

52 days ago
37.

Perverted Truth    

If you are provoked to hit a woman who has not threatened you with a gun or a knife, then are you a poor excuse for a man.

52 days ago
38.

daved0622    

This guy is a blow hard, they should have fired him not only for the latest attention seeking comments but for being Stephen A. Smith.

52 days ago
39.

mousetrap    

Don't you know, Stephen A? Everything is black or white, one way or the other, obviously right or obviously wrong. There is no middle reasoning with the liberal media and politically correct police. It is their way or you are crucified. Of course you know that. You know that well. But now you are finding out that is actually applying to you, also. How does it feel? Maybe it is time to start rethinking your political and social philosophies and come into the light.

52 days ago
40.

Mr Barcliff    

I DISAGREE WITH THE FACT HE WAS SUSPENED BY ESPN BUT, HOLD NO GRUDGE AGAINST ESPN AT THE SAME TIME FOR THERE POSITION IN DOING SO. THIS BOILS DOWN TO HUMAN BEINGS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO DESTROY. I SAW THE INTIAL INTERVIEW STEPHEN GAVE AND HE SAID HE WAS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OVER AND OVER AND AS HE SAID IN THIS APOLOGY, HES DONE SO IN THE PAST, IVE SEEN IT. WE SOMETIMES USE THE WRONG WORDS WHEN WE SPEAK AND HE DID. MAYBE HE SHOULD HAVE SAID,"WOMAN, STOP ARGUING WITH MEN" YEAH, I SAID IT. I HAVE A SISTER IVE SEEN START FIGHTS WITH MEN. THIS ISSUE ISNT BLACK AND WHITE. THIS ISSUE ISNT SUNRISE AND SUNSET, THIS ISSUE IS COMPLEX. IVE SEEN WOMAN BEAT UP MEN, NOT BECAUSE HE DIDNT FIGHT BACK BUT, BECAUSE SHE ACTUALLY WAS A BETTER FIGHTER. IS IT WRONG TO HIT "ANYONE", YES!!! IS IT WRONG TO HIT A WOMAN IN "GENERAL"? YES! THAT SAID, NOT ONLY CAN WOMAN AVOID FIGHTS, MEN CAN TO. SOMETIMES ITS BEST TO WALK AWAY. NOT JUST THE MAN SHOULD TAK E A WALK, THE WOMAN AS WELL. I GREW UP SEEING A WOMAN BE HIT AND SADLY HER FIGHT BACK, WHAT WERE THE FIGHTS ABOUT? I DONT KNOW, I JUST SAW THE FIGHTING AND VOWED TO NEVER DO THE SAME. WE HAVE GOTTEN TO THE POINT WERE WE DONT HEAR THE WHOLE OF A PERSONS COMMENTS AND THERE MADE TO SAY SORRY WHEN THERE INTENT WASNT EVEN MALICIOUS. IF I WERE STEPHEN A, ID LEAVE 1ST TAKE BECAUSE LIKE HIM OR NOT, I RESPECT HIM BECAUSE HE SPEAKS HIS MIND AND THATS MORE THAN I CAN SAY FOR 99% OF THE REST OF THOSE WHO DO WHAT HE DOES. STEPHEN A ISNT A SUPPORTER OF HITTING WOMAN AND TO ATTACK HIM FOR THE COMMENTS HE MADE LAST FRIDAY IS JUST AS HATEFUL AS HE HAS BEEN MADE OUT TO BE. SOON, WE WONT BE ABLE TO SAY ANYTHING. WERE TAKING AWAY OUR OWN RIGHTS AND THATS FAR WORSE THAN ANY WORDS CAN DO TO ANY OF US AND THAT INCLUDES BEING CALLED THE N WORD BY A PERSON WHO HATES BLACK PEOPLE!!! EVERYONE DOESNT LIKE EVERYONE, SAD BUT TRUE AND EVERYONE WONT AGREE WHAT WERE SAYING IS NOW, AN OPINION CANT BE SPOKEN AND THE AMERICA WE FOUGHT FOR MEANT WE COULD HAVE A VOICE, LIKED OR DISLIKED. I MEAN WE HAVE STAND YOUR GROUND IN FLORIDA BUT, ITS MORE OUTRAGE WHEN A MAN WHO CLEARLY IS AGAINST HITTING WOMAN AND SAYS IT OVER AND OVER IS MADE TIO BE THE CRIMINAL WHEN HE SAYS DONT PROVOKE. IVE SEEN WOMAN ALL OVER THE INTERNET STATE THEY AGREE WITH STEPHEN A, SAYING THEY HAVE SEEN WOMAN GO TO FAR, ITS NOT ALWAYS JUST A MAN HITTING A WOMAN BECAUSE HE CAN, SOMETIMES WOMAN HIT MEN 1ST AND THE MAN DOES NOTHING AND THEY ARENT ARRESTED NOR ANYTHING. I REPEAT, A WOMAN SAID THIS!!

52 days ago
41.

King Bizzy    

I don't understand why he had to apologize. Tjey took what he said completely out of context and totally missed his point

52 days ago
42.

bobby bones    

why this blowhard, racist, women hating pos hasn't been fired yet is a testament to affirmative action, imo. FIRE HIM!! NOW!!

52 days ago
43.

Mihalick    

It doesn't really matter. S. ******* Smith is going to Sirius.

52 days ago
44.

MARK    

With all this time to kill, now he can catch up on his favorite soap opera General Hospital.......wait....he's a walking soap opera

52 days ago
45.

djbruceyb    

Stephen a. Smith, you always hold and protect king James Dick.... He needs to rescue you now... On the real!!!

52 days ago
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