After making the “most egregious error” of his career, Stephen A. Smith owned up and apologized to his audience for the words he chose to use during a recent rant about domestic violence.
Smith’s error occurred on Friday on “First Take” when he said that victims need to be mindful of “the elements of provocation” when dealing with abusers. The comments occurred during a discussion of the NFL’s decision to suspend Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens running back; for two games after his arrest in February for supposedly striking his then-fiancée during an argument.
“We will continue to have constructive dialogue on this important topic. Stephen’s comments last Friday do not reflect our company’s point of view. As his apology demonstrates, he recognized his mistakes and has a deeper appreciation of our company values,” stated ESPN’s PR.