ESPN First Takes Stephan A Smith had to set the record straight for his Ray Rice comments. Here is statement.
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 Rich.ce 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 implpy 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.
Ray Rice was suspended by the National Football League for 2 games for violating the personal conduct policy for knocking his child’s mother Janay Palmer, now his wife unconscious in a Atlantic City Casino. The TMZ footage of him dragging her out the elevator was hard to watch.Domestic Violence is serious don’t want to downplay that by no means. Their are women who are being abused and are scared for their life everyday. But because she spit on him that had something to do with this suspension. The commissioner believes that she contributed to this and Ray was not completely all at fault. I am truly torn about this. YOU SHOULD NEVER HIT A WOMAN! But spitting is nasty and I think we are downplaying what she did. He should have walked away and been the bigger man, but she started it. She should receive a case of this just like he did!
The NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy states:
“Unless the available facts clearly indicate egregious circumstances, significant bodily harm or risk to third parties, or an immediate and substantial risk to the integrity and reputation of the NFL, a first offense generally will not result in discipline until there has been a disposition of the proceeding (or until the investigation is complete in the case of noncriminal misconduct).”