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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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16.

OhitsUagain    

By provoking do you mean verbal. If you can't handle verbal confrontation you have no business on a gossip site or any public setting. I agree if a women puts her hands on you. You have the right to defend yourself. Long gone are the days of thinking all lil ladies are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. SOME can kill you. With that being said a man has considerable more strength than a female. So no beat downs are necessary.

54 days ago
17.

TheWholeTruth    

Funny how Collin cowherd is the most obnoxious person on espn and his statements have little base and he even yells a lot and nobody has a problem with him...oh yeah I forgot he's white that's why.

54 days ago
18.

JBIZ    

hmmm he has a black cohost of first take and we dont hear from her but yet the white woman at ESPN chimes in. Damn the US is the most sensitive place on earth. The skin of the country needs to thicken up. Sick of cry baby people

54 days ago
19.

Roman Moroni    

If you respect the decision then walk w/ your head up; not loaf around

54 days ago
20.

supergirl88    

Why do we punish people who are open to learn and change? Why not require he take a domestic violence course and write an essay to possibly return to his position ? The people would change their perspective are the kind of people I like to be around.

54 days ago
21.

1meanshoegame    

Wow suspended for telling the truth. Some women do provoke violence but its all how the man responds to it....

54 days ago
22.

static    

Damned gutless jock sniffer so sure of himself until it looked like that fat paycheck was getting ready to get yanked.

54 days ago
23.

GothamGirl    

Why isn't Ray Rice's fiancee Janay Palmer, mentioned in any articles? I'll tell you why. Because the black community supports Rice, and even his fiancee has apologized for the incident. So so sad!!

54 days ago
24.

billson1234    

So do women not provoke violence? Someone please answer

54 days ago
25.

jimmytwoshoes    

Michelle Beadle must be ****ing someone in high places at ESPN she quits gets her jobs back then complaining about what Stephen A. Smith said it wasn't Stephen who did who knows what to his wife it was Ray Rice. IF YOU DONT LIKE WHAT HE SAID DONT WATCH AINT NO ONE FORCING YALL TO!

54 days ago
26.

Sid    

Does this belief set a precedence that nothing among adults is provoked? Where is that attorney named Harv at?

54 days ago
27.

holdmyballs    

A mouse can provoke an elephant. Is the mouse not at fault for getting step on ?

54 days ago
28.

truth1253    

The political correctness of the left is ruining America

54 days ago
29.

That aggiN    

He did nothing wrong!

54 days ago
30.

Truth    

TOTAL ANNOYANCE ON FIRST TAKE. LOUD MOUTH BLACK DUDE. THE POOR MAN'S AL SHARPTON. #TRUTH

54 days ago
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