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ESPN suspends Stephen A. Smith for one week after he repeatedly made inflammatory comments about domestic abuse

Stephen A. Smith was called out by his co-worker, Michelle Beadle. (Getty Images for Time Warner and Getty Images for Paley Center for Media)

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.

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.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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