In a move that should surprise no one, ESPN has decided to suspend popular on air personality Stephen A. Smith.
The move by the sports network comes two days after he made some controversial comments in regards to the Ray Rice’s domestic abuse case. His comments immediately struck a nerve with women when he basically said women should do their best not to provoke men into putting hands on them.
Smith apologized on air before the start of Tuesdays edition of their popular sports debate show First Take. During the apology he noted his comments was the most “egregious error of his career”. He won’t be off the air too long according to TMZ reports, he will return to his radio show and First Take August 6th. ESPN is under the Disney umbrella and they don’t like drama there, Smith is not the only person to ever get in trouble for comments made on the show. His friend and colleague Rob Parker was fired for comments he made about Washington Redskins star QB Robert Griffin III.
Parker was more expendable than Smith who is one of ESPN’s more popular personalities. He dodged a bullet with this one , guess he will be more articulate when it comes to his stances and opinions.
Do you think ESPN was too harsh? Or did the network make the right move?
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