An ESPN host has been taken to task by one of his own colleagues for comments he made during a discussion of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s two-game suspension for allegedly knocking out his fiancee.
The punishment has been criticized as too lenient for such an act, but Stephen A. Smith made an ill-advised attempt to come at the issue from both sides during a First Take segment Friday.
Ray Rice was captured on camera knocking his then-fiancee (now wife) unconscious at an Atlantic City casino and dragging her limp body from the elevator.
In a meandering comment, Smith comes to the conclusion that while no man should ever hit a woman, women, for their part, should learn not to behave in such a way as to ‘provoke’ his anger.
Smith appears to believe that being a man ‘who was raised by women’ and has himself raised daughters, he is well-qualified to advise women on how to behave.
‘Let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions,’ he says, presumably to his female viewers.
‘…I think that just talking about what guys shouldn’t do, we got to also make sure that you can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to try to make sure it doesn’t happen.’