Stephen A. Smith now knows exactly which line he can’t cross on ESPN. His comments on the Ray Rice domestic violence issue spiraled into a speech on curbing “provocation,” that ultimately sounded like he was blaming the victim.

That’s apparently not what he meant. At press time, Smith was still in a full Twitter meltdown mode, trying to explain himself. “There is absolutely no excuse to put your hands on a women. REPEATEDLY, I said dudes who do that need to be dealt with. REPEATEDLY, I echoed,” he wrote.”When confronted by it in the past — when someone was stupid enough to touch a loved one of this man, raised by 4 older sisters, a mom and numerous female relatives and loved ones, that man was dealt with. From that point, I simply asked: now what about the other side.

“If a man is pathetic and stupid enough to put his hands on a woman — which I have NEVER DONE, btw — of course he needs to pay the price.”

Smith has been tweeting and “sincerely” apologizing for the last hour or so, all while getting slandered on Twitter. His ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle even jumped in.

View some of the Smith hare in the gallery below.

Photo: ESPN

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