Stephen A. Smith Suspended for a Week

“Women should not provoke domestic violence.” – Stephen A. Smith.

When news broke about Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice’s two-game suspension as a result to a domestic violence case with his wife, it sent the sports and social worlds into a frenzy. The question quickly became, “Did Rice get off too easy?”

During a press conference, Rice’s wife apologized and said that she deeply regretted her role in the violent dispute.

Known for his blunt personality, sports commentator Stephen A. Smith expressed on First Take where the motto is “Embrace Debate,” that domestic violence is a serious issue in society but at the same time, the conversation should also include women and their role in provoking domestic situations.

“We keep talking about the guys. We know you have no business putting your hands on a woman. I don’t know how many times I gotta reiterate that I think just talking about what guys shouldn’t do, we also have to make sure that [women] can do [their] part in doing whatever they can to make sure it doesn’t happen,” he stated during the sports show.

Social media quickly went into a frenzy stating that the victim should never be blamed and it’s the abuser with the problem. Smith has since apologized for the “misinterpreted” comments and ESPN has suspended the commentator from First Take for the remainder of the week.

If you’ll recall, during the Chris Brown/Rihanna debacle, there were moments in social media where people questioned what Rihanna did to make the singer violently react in such a way.

This conversation grows deeper – provocation vs. self-control.  Does a heated argument grant the right for another to put their hands on you in the vain of “I was provoked?”

Watch the exchange below and share your thoughts in the comment section.