You know you’re in trouble when other people get in trouble just for mentioning your name. Such is the case for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was suspended by the NFL for the first two weeks of the season after knocking his fiancee unconscious a few months ago.
A few days ago ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith threw himself into a giant pot of hot water by making some less-than-brilliant comments about Rice and the nature of domestic violence. He went so far as to suggest that some women instigate abuse through their behavior.
That set off a firestorm of criticism on the internet. Smith tried to backpedal and apologize – here’s what he wrote on Twitlonger shortly after:
But it was far too late by that point. Yesterday ESPN announced that it was suspending Smith for one week for his comments. ESPN President Josh Skipper released a statement explaining the company’s decision:
“Stephen has called what took place ‘the most egregious mistake’ of his career. I believe his apology was sincere and that he and we have learned from what we’ve collectively experienced. I’m confident we will all move forward with a greater sense of enlightenment and perspective as the lasting impact of these last few days.”
What do you think? Is Smith’s punishment fair? Or was ESPN too soft on him, like many people believe the NFL was on Ray Rice?