ESPN 2's First Take Anchor Takes to Twitter To Express Her Frustration at Smith
Stephen A. Smith is starting to feel the heat from his female colleagues after comments he made on ESPN 2's "First Take."
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Smith specifically addressed the NFL’s much-maligned two-game suspension for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, after he was accused of assaulting his then-girlfriend, now wife, earlier this year.
Smith began by explaining that men have no business putting their hands on a woman, but then Smith decided to elaborate on what his opinion on how women should handle situations would be so they don't provoke a male according to his statement.
"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, because if I come, or somebody else come, 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. "
This commentary did not sit well with Smith's ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle, who took to Twitter to blast Smith.
“I was in an abusive relationship once. I’m aware that men & women can both be the abuser,” a very pissed Michelle Beadle tweeted. “To spread a message that we not ‘provoke’ is wrong. Violence isn’t the victim’s issue. It’s the abuser’s. To insinuate otherwise is irresponsible and disgusting. Walk. Away.”
And now, Stephen A. Smith is upset that the world thinks he’s blaming women for provoking their own abuse. So he took to Twitter to explain himself.
Smith Tweeted that he wanted to clarify his remarks by starting off saying, "Upon hearing what I had to say, although admitting I could've been more articulate on the matter, let me be clear: I don't understand how on earth someone could interpret that I somehow was saying women are to blame for domestic violence. And when I saw @MichelleDBeadle — a colleague I have profound respect for — tweet what she tweeted, enough is enough. Something needs to be said right now. REPEATEDLY i said: There is absolutely no excuse to put your hands on a women. REPEATEDLY, I said dudes who do that need to be dealt with."
It's unclear if Smith decided to take the time to call or talk to his colleague Beadle afterwards to explain his actions.
So I was just forced to watch this morning's First Take. A) I'll never feel clean again B) I'm now aware that I can provoke my own beating.— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) July 25, 2014
I was in an abusive relationship once. I'm aware that men & women can both be the abuser. To spread a message that we not 'provoke' is wrong— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) July 25, 2014