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Stephen A. Smith Builds up Controversy

Posted July 25th, 2014 @ 3:16pm

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According to USA Today, Stephen A. Smith is getting a lot of heat from his latest rant about domestic violence and violence in general. Though, according to him, his words were misconstrued into him saying that if women stopped provoking men then they would not get abused. Of course this stirred up a lot of controversy, and one person in particular responded back in a quickness. Smith's colleague Michelle Beadle took it to twitter with how she felt about his comments. After the continuous backlash, Stephen A. has wrote two apologies via twitter.


Check out the video and the tweets below. 


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Michelle Beadle's response below. 


         So I was just forced to watch this morning's First Take. A) I'll never feel clean again B) I'm now aware that I can provoke my own beating.

— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) July 25, 2014

Stephen A. Smith apologizes below.

purposes. Period.

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 25, 2014



My series of tweets a short time ago is not an adequate way to capture my thoughts so I am using a single tweet via Twitlonger to more appropriately and effectively clarify my remarks from earlier today about the Ray Rice situation. I completely recognize the sensitivity of the issues and the confusion and disgust that my comments caused. First off, as I said earlier and I want to reiterate strongly, it is never OK to put your hands on a women. Ever. I understand why that important point was lost in my other comments, which did not come out as I intended. I want to state very clearly. I do NOT believe a woman provokes the horrible domestic abuses that are sadly such a major problem in our society. I wasn’t trying to say that or even imply it when I was discussing my own personal upbringing and the important role the women in my family have played in my life. I understand why my comments could be taken another way. I should have done a better job articulating my thoughts and I sincerely apologize.

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