Last Friday (July 25), ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on First Take discussed Ray Rice’s game suspension, during which he veered into a speech about women and domestic violence. Smith’s remarks about the “elements of provocation” and women’s “responsibility” to avoid being beaten by men, got him in serious trouble.
Following his mind-boggling rant, Smith owned up to the “most egregious error” of his career by issuing a public apology that was taped then aired on First Take.
“On Friday, speaking right here on “First Take” on the subject of domestic violence, I made what can only amount to the most egregious error of my career,” Smith said Monday morning. “While elaborating on thoughts concerning the NFL’s ruling versus Ray Rice following a domestic dispute with his then-fiancee, I ventured beyond the scope of our discussion by alluding to a woman’s role in such heinous matters, going so far as to use the word “provoke” in my diatribe. My words came across that it is somehow a woman’s fault. This was not my intent. It is not what I’m trying to say. Yet the failure to clearly articulate something different lies squarely on my shoulders. To say what I actually said was foolish is an understatement. To say I was wrong is obvious. To apologize to say I’m sorry, doesn’t do the matter it’s proper justice, to be quite honest. But I do sincerely apologize.”
While some sided with Smith’s groundless take on “preventative purposes” or “elements of provocation,” including Whoopi Goldberg who defended the former journalist, a publish backlash ensued shortly after he offered his views in question.
See the apology for yourself, below. Feel free to sound off in the comments. We want to know what you think.