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Stephen A. Smith: Is it wrong for ESPN to suspend Smith for almost as long as the NFL suspended Ray Rice?

  • Yes, it is completely worng.

    ESPN only suspended SAS because Michelle Beadle went all menstrual about SAS's comments. If you take the time to listen to what SAS is saying, he is actually it is never justified for a man to "put his hands on a woman". Stephen A Smith's comments are very much AGAINST domestic violence. Michelle Beadle just wants to grab headlines by publicly throwing SAS under the bus via twitter... # Beadle wanting to be the news instead of report it.

  • Yes, it is completely worng.

    ESPN only suspended SAS because Michelle Beadle went all menstrual about SAS's comments. If you take the time to listen to what SAS is saying, he is actually it is never justified for a man to "put his hands on a woman". Stephen A Smith's comments are very much AGAINST domestic violence. Michelle Beadle just wants to grab headlines by publicly throwing SAS under the bus via twitter... # Beadle wanting to be the news instead of report it.

  • People like Smith are tardying sports image.

    Smith's punishment merely reflects ESPN's no tolerance policy towards its employees saying and doing things that tarnish that might upset its viewing audience. Smith advocating that women be careful around abusive men makes him and by extension ESPN seem like a bunch of wife-beater apologists. I don't see any difference between this case and broadcast scandals of the past except that he got off easy in comparison.

  • ESPN can't be compared to the NFL

    ESPN is a network that discusses all sports, they're not directly affiliated with NFL and the people that run the league. What Stephen Smith said was inappropriate from a marketing aspect and ESPN should be allowed to handle it however they saw fit. Stephen Smith's and Ray Rice's indiscretions aren't comparable.

  • No, it is not fair

    ESPN is going way overboard with the suspension of Stephen A Smith. He used his words he did not physically asault someone like Ray Rice. If ESPN felt he went too far they should have given him a warning and allowed him to apologize and continue on with his job.

  • No clear answer

    I'm not sure. It seems a little excessive for ESPN to suspend Stephen Smith for almost the same period as the NFL suspended Ray Rice, but I think they are doing their best to send a clear message about what will be tolerated and what will not and perhaps in this case they are swayed by public oppinion.


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