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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stephen A. Smith addresses controversial domestic violence comments (Video)

Stephen A SmithStephen A. Smith created a firestorm with his comments about domestic violence on ESPN’s “First Take” Friday and was moved to clarify his point via Twitter.

During a discussion with co-host Skip Bayless about domestic violence in light of the Ray Rice suspension, Smith, while emphasizing that there is never an excuse for a man hitting a woman and that those who do deserve to be in jail, said he wants women to also work on doing what they can to avoid provoking violent situations.

“Let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions … let’s try to make sure that we can do our part in making sure that doesn’t happen,” Smith said of the message he wants women to heed.

“Now you got some dudes that are just horrible that are going to do it anyway — and there’s never an excuse to put your hands on a woman. But domestic violence with men putting their hands on women is obviously a very real issue in our society. And I think just talking about what guys shouldn’t do … we gotta also make sure that you can do your part to make sure it doesn’t happen.”

Smith’s comments sparked outrage among many, including prominent ESPN host Michelle Beadle.

Here’s what Beadle tweeted after hearing Smith’s comments:

Smith, feeling his point was lost and that his message was distorted, felt the need to clarify his point via Twitter. Here’s what he said:

After sending all the tweets, Smith later chose to send one statement in which he did not reiterate the previous points he was trying to make.

Here’s what he said:

“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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