Stephen A. Smith has been suspended from First Take following his comments made last week about NFL player Ray Rice's suspension over domestic violence, ESPN said on Tuesday. 

"ESPN announced today that Stephen A. Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for the next week. He will return to ESPN next Wednesday,” said the network in a statement posted on its First Take website. 

More to come. 

Should be fired IMO.


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UPDATE — 3:30 p.m. ET

While addressing the recent suspension of NFL running back Ray Rice, ESPN Commentator Stephen A. Smith made several off-putting comments about women provoking attackers.

Rice was suspended for two games after being arrested for allegedly knocking out his then-girlfriend, which led Smith to warn women not to “provoke wrong actions”:

We keep talking about the guys. We know you have no business putting your hands on a woman. I don’t know how many times I got to reiterate that.

But as a man who was raised by women, see I know what I’m going to do if somebody touches a female member of my family. I know what I’m going to do, I know what my boys are going to do. I know what, I’m going to have to remind myself that I work for the Worldwide Leader, I’m going to have to get law enforcement officials involved because of what I’m going to be tempted to do.

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.

Smith’s colleague and ESPN reporter Michelle Beadle did not take kindly to the rant and responded on Twitter.

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.

I’m thinking about wearing a miniskirt this weekendI’d hate to think what I’d be asking for by doing so @stephenasmith#dontprovoke

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

Violence isn’t the victim’s issue. It’s the abuser’s. To insinuate otherwise is irresponsible and disgusting. Walk. Away.

Smith responded to the criticism himself on Friday afternoon with a lengthy series of tweets. He apologized to Beadle, but also repeated his point about women and provoking attackers.

This will be a long tweeted message, folks. So please stay with me and let me finish my complete thought before respondingb/c i'm ANNOYED

In discussing the Ray Rice ruling earlier today on @ESPN_FirstTake, me and @RealSkipBayless ventured into discussing domestic violence.

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. REPEATEDLY, I echoed

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.

Who on earth is denying that? But what about addressing women on how they can help prevent the obvious wrong being done upon them?

there’s only but so much that can be done after the fact….once the damage is already done. Nothing more. My apologies to@MichelleDBeadle

And any woman out there who misconstrued what I said. I have always — and will always — find violence against a women every bit as

horrific as women, themselves, find it. Always have. Always will, which my personal behavior exemplifies. I’ll strive to be more articulate

in the future. But be clear, I wasn’t BLAMING women for anything. I was simply saying to take all things into consideration for preventative

Beadle has responded on Twitter.

In a week in which LGBT & domestic abuse issues have been primarily discussed in one-sided formats, I stand by my words.#communicatebetter

UPDATE: Smith issued another statement on Twitter saying he “sincerely” apologizes for poorly articulating his thoughts.

My series of tweets a short time ago is not an adequate way to capture my thoughts so I am using a single tweet via Twitlonger to more appropriately and effectively clarify my remarks from earlier today about the Ray Rice situation. I completely recognize the sensitivity of the issues and the confusion and disgust that my comments caused. First off, as I said earlier and I want to reiterate strongly, it is never OK to put your hands on a women. Ever. I understand why that important point was lost in my other comments, which did not come out as I intended. I want to state very clearly. I do NOT believe a woman provokes the horrible domestic abuses that are sadly such a major problem in our society. I wasn’t trying to say that or even imply it when I was discussing my own personal upbringing and the important role the women in my family have played in my life. I understand why my comments could be taken another way. I should have done a better job articulating my thoughts and I sincerely apologize.

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STFU, Tony Dungy! 

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If there’s another sequel of “The Matrix”, Billy Hamilton might want to throw his hat into the ring.


If there’s another sequel of “The Matrix”, Billy Hamilton might want to throw his hat into the ring.

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Major League Baseball appointed Billy Bean, a former player who is now openly gay, as a consultant in guiding the sport toward full LGBT inclusion. This news broke earlier this afternoon.

Bean will offer training to players and staff, designed to educate about LGBT-related issues and to create a more supportive environment in professional baseball, both major and minor leagues.

"As a young man, I silently walked away from baseball for all the wrong reasons, and today I am truly humbled that the Commissioner’s Office has brought me back to lead the effort on inclusion. I will honor baseball’s great tradition, and be the resource that our current and future players need as they embrace their responsibility as role models to our fans," said Billy, who spent six seasons in the major leagues with the LA Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, and San Diego Padres. His last game with the MLB was in 1995, four years before he came out publicly as gay.

Commissioner Bud Selig made this announcement after the All-Star game this afternoon, which also recognized at long-last the life of Glenn Burke, a gay MLB player who passed away in 1995. Glenn’s sister, Lutha, joined Bud and Billy and today’s press conference.

MLB has previously partenered with GLAAD on initiatives like Spirit Day to speak out against bullying and stand in support of LGBT youth. has more.

h/t: Agata Dera at GLAAD


NOTE: On the term “Profiles in Cowardice” in the headline, it refers to the Vikings’ actions related to the independent review on Chris Kluwe. 

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Win Yoenis Céspedes’ win in tonight’s Home Run Derby, he becomes only the 2nd back-to-back winner (Griffey, Jr. [1998-1999]) in HRD history and 3rd overall multiple time winner (Griffey, Jr. [1994, 1998, 1999] and Fielder [2009, 2012]) of the event. 

Flexball HRs: NONE
League Total: NL 24, AL 54

Flexball HRs total: 11

AL: J. Bautista (14 [1])
NL: G. Stanton (6 [1])

Flexball HRs: NONE
League Total: NL 23, AL 45