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Stephen A. Smith

I Accept ESPN Suspension

... 'It Was My Mistake'

7/30/2014 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

073014_stephen_a_smith_launchStephen A. Smith says he will not challenge ESPN's decision to suspend him for the "foolish" statements he made about domestic violence on the air ... telling TMZ Sports, "It was my mistake."

"I'm a man ... you deal with the things that you do," Smith told us at LaGuardia Airport.

Smith said he has NOT yet spoken with ESPN co-worker Michelle Beadle -- who was extremely critical of his comments -- but praised Beadle as a "great person."

As we previously reported, Smith got into hot water for comments he made on Friday's "First Take" -- when he implied that women can "provoke" domestic violence. Smith went back on the air Monday to apologize. ESPN has suspended him until next Wednesday. For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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tmon3ydadjmbr    

You big dummy! (redd foxx voice)

51 days ago
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tmon3ydadjmbr    

That's why you must think before you speak, this has nothing to do with your gender.

51 days ago
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Reaper    

Taking it better than I thought he would. Still can't stand him (can't stand Beadle, either, just a dumb whore). Watching him on 'First Take' is cringe worthy most of the time.

51 days ago
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GothamGirl    

Good gawd TMZ, "we support you"!!!
Stephen Smith and Whoopie Goldberg have questioned Ray Rice's wife, in the KO in the elevator fight. Are you out of your minds, supporting him? Whoopie said "a woman can't put her hands on a man..." Once again, woman hating, black man defending moronic Whoopie goes unchallenged, because if you disagree with her, you will be accused of being a racist, and will have to publicly apologize, to no one!!

51 days ago
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paulplayset    

Apologized in a classy way.

51 days ago
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GothamGirl    

Neanderthal !

51 days ago
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DipToTroopsDeployed    

This guy has no filter.

51 days ago
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True1    

I'm a woman, and I think SOME woman do provoke! Some woman don't get wet until you beat them down.

51 days ago
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True1    

I'm mean women. Auto text....geez

50 days ago
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6one9    

OPEN mouth ````` insert foot
and get a vacation b/c of it!!

WOW!!

50 days ago
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damn5    

would ppl be saying the samething if cari champion would had said those comments or would michelle beadle come after her. the ray rice thing has been out since feb and michelle hasnt said a word. and yet when he said something she was quick to piggy back off his words. she curses at men and say thing most women wouldnt ( arron rodgers and cm punk) and yet its ok. she claim to have been around domestic violence but do nothing to help the women until he said something. this is a pr stunt and most ppl see through it.

50 days ago
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jason    

How about telling woman not to sleep with violent thugs? Is that sexist? Ray Rices girl is still with him Right? Where is the outrage about that little fact? She has forgiven him. lol And I think she has probably apologize to him for provoking the fight. No doubt. He has fame and money and she is holding on to that big time. And instead of talking about all that crazy crap we are outraged by stephen a smith comments. Give me a break. Its pretty effing weak to be more concerned with words then actions. Ray knocked his chick out cold and she is still sleeping with him and the public is mad at Stephen A. Laughable and pathetic.

50 days ago
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H8Kardash    

Biggest A Hole in all sports media.. Hope he gets fired!!

50 days ago
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remy730    

He didn't do anything wrong but, when in doubt, go with what PC.

50 days ago
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Mznesha18    

I never could stand that little prick. He says a lot of things that are offensive and is constantly being called out by the other sports commentators. What an idiot.

50 days ago
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