We live in a world where ESPN suspends Stephen A. Smith a sports commentator who’s comments were misunderstood, but Ray Rice, the NFL RB who knocked his wife unconscious, is having fans buy his jerseys and cheer for him as soon as he steps on the field. Very interesting. Stephen A Smith has been very vocal on domestic violence. When the First time he spoke about the Ray Rice incident he said, “I don’t know how many times I have to repeat this, to all of us as men…obviously the athletes that we cover; do not put your hands on a woman. Do not do it.” Yet because someone decided to take offense to Smith’s misunderstood comments on the two game suspension of Ray Rice, he was forced to apologize, saying that he did not mean to intend women bring abuse upon themselves saying, “It was not what I was trying to say,” he said. “Yet the failure to clearly articulate something different lies squarely on my shoulder.” and now he is suspended by ESPN until August 6th. Ray Rice is suspended just two games. So now Smith is facing a larger punishment, five episodes compared to two games, than the man who can’t keep his hands to himself.
“I don’t know how many times I have to repeat this, to all of us as men…obviously the athletes that we cover, do not put your hands on a woman. Do not do it.”
The NFL has proved they don’t know how to handle domestic abuse, and now ESPN is proving they can’t stand by their people as soon as critics try to make up what Smith meant by his comments. It is very frustrating how a person able to speak there mind anymore for fear of this. He said nothing wrong, unless you are one of these critics that just refuses to understand what he was saying.