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Stephen A. Smith apologizes, but ESPN whiffs on opportunity to ’embrace debate’

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Three days after his controversial statements about Ray Rice and domestic violence, Stephen A. Smith was back on ESPN2, making a solemn three-minute apology at the start of First Take before the program oddly transitioned into a discussion about LeBron James.

“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 in a taped segment at the top of the show, referencing his comments that seemed to suggest women provoke men into domestic violence. Click to read more of Stephen A’s apology


2 comments on “Stephen A. Smith apologizes, but ESPN whiffs on opportunity to ’embrace debate’

  1. Tamara Bess, LMFT
    July 29, 2014

    While the apology is noted, Smith needs to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence so that he can effectively advocate against it. My hope is that he will take the opportunity to do so.

    • Beverly B
      July 30, 2014

      Tamara I agree with your comment. Although the situation is a terrible one, it is one that has brought domestic violence to the fore front and should be discussed before something else hits the media and it is forgotten about.

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