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Apology accepted? Yes? No? Maybe so?

On Friday, Stephen A. Smith, the ESPN panelist, and other panelists were discussing Ray Rice, an NFL player who physically assaulted his wife Janay Palmer. The incident happened last winter, at a hotel they were both staying in, which was also caught on camera. Rice dragged Palmer (who apparently looked unconscious), out of an elevator.


As punishment, Rice has been suspended for two games— though some may say he might have gotten off easy.

An NFL player is currently being suspended for a full year for smoking pot.

Furthermore, things started to take another route when Smith shared his opinion about Rice’s situation, indicating that some DV can be provoked.

“Let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions,” he said, adding later, “We … got to make sure [victims] can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to try to make sure it doesn’t happen.”

Since then, he was severely criticized, including by his ESPN colleague Michelle Beatle.

However, this morning on ESPN, Smith strongly apologized for his remarks and said he had communicated poorly. Next time Stephen, think before you speak. He also placed the blame on himself, taking full responsibility of his actions.

Do you think he was “sincere” with his apology?



 Sherley Boursiquot—@sherleybee_