Stephen A. Smith’s chronic foot-in-mouth disease seems to have caught up to him, or at least his career at ESPN.
ESPN announced today that Stephen A. Smith will be suspended for a week on both ESPN television and radio. It was on “First Take,” the morning program on Smith hosts, when he first got into hot water. While talking about Ray Rice’s two-game suspension (irony?), Smith insinuated that women sometimes invite domestic violence by “provoking” men.
According to ESPN spokesperson Mike Soltys, the controversial host will return next Wednesday, August 6.
ESPN announced today that Stephen A Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for the next week. He will return to ESPN next Wed.
— Mike Soltys (@espnmikes) July 29, 2014
The suspension comes just a day after the host apologized to his viewers on “First Take”, and less than a week after he accused his ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle of misinterpreting his words on Twitter. (He later apologized for that, too.)
What Smith will do in his week off is unclear, but he may pay a visit to another controversial host. According to the New York Daily News, Smith may be soon joining Chris “Mad Dog” Russo’s SiriusXM channel.