Stephen A. Smith has been suspended from his duties at ESPN for one week. The network announced the punishment in a brief statement on Tuesday.
“ESPN announced today that Stephen A. Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for the next week,” the statement read. “He will return to ESPN next Wednesday.”
ESPN released a statement on Monday after Smith apologized on First Take and said they believe he “recognizes his mistakes,” leading to speculation that he would not be disciplined for his comments about domestic abuse. It is unclear if the plan all along was to suspend Smith or if pressure built to the point where ESPN had to make a move.
A separate report over the weekend indicated that Smith is leaving ESPN Radio for Sirius Mad Dog Radio. The report has not been confirmed.