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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Apologizes for Comments About Beαting Women

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ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith is famous for chiming in on controversial subjects, but Stephen A. Smith2this time it seems as though he went too far. Smith apologized on Monday after advising women to “make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions.”

Smith initially defended his comments on Twitter, but even colleague Michelle Beadle took offense at his comments, and Smith apologized early Monday morning.

“On Friday, speaking right here on First Take on the subject of domestic viοlence, I made what can only amount to the most egregious error of my career,” Smith said in a taped segment at the top of the show.

“My words came across that it is somehow a woman’s fault,” he said. “This was not my intent. It is not what I was trying to say. Yet the failure to clearly articulate something different lies squarely on my shoulders.”

Here are Stephen A. Smith’s original comments:

“We keep talking about the guys. We know you have no business putting your hands on a woman…But what I’ve tried to employ the female members of my family…and this what, I’ve done this all my life,‘Let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions.’ Because if I come, or somebody else comes, whether it’s law enforcement officials, your brother or the fellas that you know, if we come after somebody has put their hands on you, it doesn’t negate the fact that they already put their hands on you. So let’s try to make sure that we can do our part in making sure that that doesn’t happen.”

Smith’s defenders say the ESPN pundit was only cautioning women against exacerbating an already volatile situation and in no way blamed the victim. What do you think? Should he have apologized?


  1. Dream Weaver

    July 28, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Weather people are willing to admit it or not. We play a role in what dose or dose not happen to us. Only a fool walks head on into danger, and truth be told except it or not there are those we will tempt a already angry person. It’s like you mother saying don’t do that baby, you will get hurt. Then you do it anyway. We can’t control others nor can we assume how someone else will react. Bhutan we can control ourselves and how we act. Yet I do realize that people exist who just have no regard for humanity. But these people always show signs of being that way. We must pay attention to the signs and our God given intuition.

  2. Dream Weaver

    July 28, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Mr Smith said what I have told my sisters. Don’t get me killed or have me kill someone because you escalated a situation that could have been deflated.

  3. Art Panache

    July 28, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    There was no need for an apology, though I was not surprise to see the spineless one confessing his failure to properly convey his thoughts. In no way was he blaming the victim, but some of these women groups don’t like the truth. The truth is, if you put your hands on a man, the chances of you becoming Tv One/ID channel material increase exponentially. You know, I always hear that boys need to pull there pants up, but I never hear that girls need to put more clothes on. There are legitimate victims of domestic violence (men and women) and my heart goes out to them, but are some of these acts provoked, absolutey. As a man, am I supposed to allow some women to beat me senseless? Look, I have seen cases where the woman had to be stopped. Sometimes just subduing the women is not an option, neither is leaving, as if she will allow you to just skip out the door. Lets say you’re dressed in boxers, lying in bedroom, when the drama begins to play itself out. I’ve heard stories, women are good, very very good. Men, dont be afraid to ask serious background questions during the preliminaries, nothing should be off limits. Mental Health isn’t as common as one may believe.

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