ESPN Suspends Stephen A. Smith For a Week

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I guess ESPN feels like his apology alone wouldn’t suffice.

After the controversial statements made last week by Stephen A. Smith regarding the Ray Rice suspension and a woman’s role in her own domestic abuse, ESPN has decided to suspend Stephen A. Smith for a week.

I for one am shocked that ESPN actually decided to suspend Smith, who is one of their most famous talents. I definitely feel like they did the right thing. Smith gets paid a lot of money to write and speak about the things these athletes do both on and off the field. It is his job to convey his message in a way that will not be misunderstood or misconstrued by anybody.

He failed to do that when speaking on Ray Rice which resulted in a lot of backlash. When speaking about intimate crimes like domestic violence or sexual assault you have to be VERY careful how you say things. Do I think Smith meant that women cause their own beatings? No. But I see why people would become outraged by his use of the word “provoke” and I believe that is why he deserves this one week suspension.

The timing of the suspension is troubling, because they promoted Smith’s apology on 1st Take and allowed him to do a full show as if the issue was over.

ESPN would have sent a strong message if the suspension was handed down immediately.  Their inconsistencies in their punishment of employees is something that is well documented . For those who want to defend Smith, that is a strong leg to stand on.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Power 2 Tha People I couldn’t say it better myself good job. Hey Robert its so obvious how they treat black in the media and you have the power to call them out and report it. I dont even like Stephen A Smith after the whole Mark Cuban thing, but everybody is jumping on him we all know what he really meant.

  2. Of course written by a women. Totally biased article. He spoke the truth and just because of one drama queen like michelle beadle, all these feminist gotta put words in Steven A. Smiths mouth. She and all you women blew this out of proportion and shame of you.

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