Stephen A. Smith Apologizes for Friday’s Thoughtless Remarks Regarding Domestic Violence (Video)

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On Friday, a day after the NFL announced that it would suspend wife-beating Ravens running back Ray Rice for two whole games, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith got on his First Take soapbox and basically insinuated that, sometimes, a woman instigates a beatin’.

I kid you not. Here’s the main part of his argument:

But what I’ve tried to employ the female members of my family, some of who you all met and talked to and what have you, is that again, and this what, I’ve done this all my life, let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions … we got to also make sure that you can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to try to make sure it doesn’t happen.

That little gem earned Smith quite an electronic tongue-lashing from ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle. And one that was most deserved, I might add.

ESPN might have been able to wiggle out of Smith’s snafu. But the fact that one of their own employees—and one of their most popular, at that—called him out meant they were going to have to deal with it.

And that brings us today. Monday. And Stephen A. Smith’s apology on First Take:

As the folks over at For the Win pointed out, it would have been nice is Smith made a live apology instead of a taped apology. But other than that, I’d say it hit all the right notes.

Let’s just hope it was good enough for Beedle. You don’t want to be on her bad side, because she doesn’t tolerate fools. (And that’s a good thing.)

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