Did Stephen A. Smith Deserve To Be Suspended For A Week After Making Controversial Comments About Domestic Violence on “ESPN First Take”?
Last Friday morning, Stephen A. Smith took to the airwaves on ESPN, like he does just about every other weekday, to debate Skip Bayless on the hit show, ESPN First Take. And one of the topics that the two touched on was domestic violence, since the NFL decided to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games during the upcoming season due to a domestic violence incident that he was involved in back in February. However, the debate that Stephen A. and Skip had on the show was not like most of their other debates—and it ended up getting SAS into some big trouble.
During the debate, SAS got pretty personal with regards to his feelings on domestic violence. He made it very clear that he does not think it’s right (at all!) for a man to put his hands on a woman. But at the same time, he talked about how he believes women need to do their best not to provoke men to abuse them. And as you might expect, that sentiment didn’t sit well with a lot of people, including SAS’s fellow ESPN staffer Michelle Beadle. She voiced her disgust with his words on Twitter and, before long, SAS was forced to try and explain himself. He was then forced to issue a taped apology at the beginning of First Take on Monday morning. And finally, ESPN decided to suspend him for a week, beginning today, to show him that what he said was not acceptable.
Not everyone agrees with what ESPN did, though. In fact, there are lots and lots of people out there who think that what SAS said was valid and don’t think he should have been suspended for saying it. Furthermore, they think SAS should be applauded for bringing up a fair point about domestic violence, not punished for doing it. And they’ve used social media to speak out against ESPN for punishing SAS this week.
What do you think about ESPN’s decision to punish Stephen A.? We don’t have a problem with it. Because while we’re sure SAS was trying to make a point when he spoke out about domestic violence, we don’t think he went about it the right way. And as a result of that, he should spend some time thinking about how he articulates himself on First Take.
Do you agree? Or do you think ESPN should have let him go without a suspension? Let us know in the comments section below.