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The following is an excerpt from Stephen A. Smith: Domestic Violence Rant Was ‘Most Egregious Error Of My Career’
Stephen A. Smith owned up to making the “most egregious error” of his career during a recent rant about domestic violence. The admission and accompany apology came during a taped segment aired at the start of ESPN2’s “First Take” debate program on Monday. The talk show host’s “egregious error” occurred on Friday on “First Take” when he contended that victims of domestic violence need to be mindful of “the elements of provocation” when dealing with abusers. The remarks occurred during a discussion of the NFL’s decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games following his arrest in February for allegedly striking his then-fiancee during an altercation.
“On Friday, speaking right here on “First Take” on the subject of domestic violence, I made what can only amount to the most egregious error of my career,” Smith said in the taped segment that began the program on Monday morning.
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The following is an excerpt from Stephen A. Smith apologizes on ESPN’s ‘First Take’
Smith said he was raised by four older sisters and “the greatest mother in the world.” Smith added that he’s spoken out against domestic violence all of his life, and his primary reason for doing so is because he’s dealt with domestic violence in his own family.
ESPN issued this statement Monday:
“We will continue to have constructive dialogue on this important topic. Stephen’s comment last Friday do not reflect our company’s point of view. As his apology demonstrates, he recognizes his mistakes and has a deeper appreciation of our company values.”