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Stephen A. Smith domestic violence: ESPN personality gets backlash

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Stephan A Smith
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Stephen A. Smith has upset a lot of people with his domestic violence comments. This ESPN host might have just stuck his foot in his mouth a bit too much. On Saturday, New York Daily News shared about what he had to say and the response he is getting from women everywhere.

He made a statement that women sometimes bring physical assault upon themselves. When everyone started getting upset about it, he went online to issue an apology to the world. He said he does, "NOT believe a woman provokes the horrible domestic abuses that are sadly such a major problem in our society." It all started when he was on the show "First Take" and made this comment.

NFL player Ray Rice was just suspended for two games because of a domestic violence case. Here is what Smith had to say about it all, "Let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions. 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." He does agree that Rice should have gotten a two game suspension and actually said he might deserve more than that for his actions.

Smith’s ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle was not happy about what he had to say and went to social networks to share her thoughts. She did not stay quiet at all about what she thought of his comments. She started out saying, "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." She then went on talking about more ways she wouldn't want to provoke something. Stephen A. Smith is losing a lot of fans after his comments.