Steven A. Smith
Steven A. Smith’s view on domestic violence is less than enlightened.
Soon after a tape of Ray Rice knocking his wife unconscious in an elevator and then dragging her limp body into a parking garage emerged, Steven Smith decided to weigh in on the event. Unfortunately, his viewpoint on the matter rubbed plenty of people the wrong way. Smith said:
“Let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions, because if I come — or somebody else come, whether it’s law enforcement officials, your brother or the fellas that you know — if we come after somebody has put their hands on you, it doesn’t negate the fact that they already put their hands on you.”
Naturally, many people were upset that Smith seemed to be implying that it was up to women to make sure somebody didn’t knock them unconscious, including fellow ESPN host Michelle Beadle, who tweeted “I’m now aware that I can provoke my own beating.”
Smith ended up being suspended for a week, but his reputation is still tarnished.