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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Apologizes For Remarks About Domestic Violence

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So, Stephen A. Smith had a bust weekend. The ESPN panelist kicked off Friday with some what-the-fuck-did-he-just-say? remarks about victims who “provoke” domestic violence and all Internet hell broke loose. On the show “First Take,” Smith and other panelists were discussing Ray Rice, an NFL player who physically assaulted his now-wife and has been suspended for two games. (By the way, the NFL is quite rightly being criticized for this slap on the wrist punishment — another player is currently being suspended for a full year for smoking pot.)  In seeming sympathy with abusers, Smith shared his opinion at two different points in the conversation 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.” Keep reading »

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Suggests To Abused Women: “Let’s Make Sure We Don’t Do Anything To Provoke Wrong Actions”

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Just Stop Talking, Dude ...
  • Hoo boy. So, on the ESPN program “First Take,” panelist Stephen A. Smith was discussing the suspension of NFL player Ray Rice for two games in the upcoming season. Rice faces jail-time for aggravated assault on his wife, Janay Rice. In discussing Rice’s suspension, Smith oh so helpfully turned it around on women, imploring “let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions.” Smith also suggested, “We … got to make sure  [women] can do your part to do whatever you can to do make, to try to make sure it doesn’t happen.” Yeah, he actually went there with suggesting that potential victims could have just prevented what happened to them by not pissing their violent offender off! Anyway, today, in a huffy series of tweets in which he whined about getting called out by “Sports Nation”‘s Michelle Beadle, Smith complained that what he said was “misconstrued.” Then he repeats almost as many times as he did in his original speech that domestic violence is wrong wrong wrong. It’s bad enough to blame victims of violence. But then he has to try and twist his words as if he didn’t really mean what he actually said? I mean, if you’re going to be a shithead, at least stand by it. [Deadspin (1), Deadspin (2), SB Nation] Keep reading »

ESPN’s Jemele Hill Tweet Photo Of Her Sexist, Racist Hate Mail

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ESPN Radio Hosts Suspended For Calling Trans Athlete An “It”

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  • ESPN Radio “temporarily” suspended hosts who made transphobic comments about a trans basketball player, including referring to her as “it” and saying that no one who is trans should be allowed to play sports. [Queerty]
  • Susan Rice is officially withdrawing from consideration for Secretary of State. [Twitter.com/NBCnews]
  • On Victoria’s Secret’s continued beef with an anti-rape group. [Black Book Mag]
  • Catholic University has rejected the creation of an LGBT allies student group on campus. [Think Progress]
  • Depressing chart time! Newspapers don’t care when notable women die. [Mother Jones] Keep reading »

Bizarre ESPN Scandal Involving Young, Female Gambling “Expert” Will Make Your Brain Explode

There is quite a bit of buzz surrounding ESPN today, because apparently they were duped by someone named Sarah Phillips, who they hired to write a column for their site on sports betting. While ESPN thought she was a college student in her 20s who just happened to have a very firm knowledge of gambling and placing bets, some are now claiming she is nothing but a savvy Internet fraud.

While the question Who exactly is Sarah Phillips? seems highly debatable and confusing at best, it’s still kind of crazy that someone as big as ESPN is at the middle of the whole scandal. Read more…

Something Pleasant Happened, For Once: Jeremy Lin Met With Fired ESPN Headline Writer

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Last month, the world imploded (for a little while anyway) when ESPN writer Anthony Frederico penned a headline about Asian-American basketball player Jeremy Lin with the phrase “chink in the armor.” He said he simply meant that Lin had screwed up his winning streak for the Knicks, but was promptly fired amid cries of racism. Federico said he didn’t realize “chink” was a racist slur, certainly didn’t intend to use it that way, and had used the phrase “chink in the armor” a bunch of other times when referring to non-Asian players messing up their game. If you missed the giant-ass kerfluffle in the media, you must have been in a coma.  

This Tuesday, Jeremy Lin took Frederico out to lunch to chat. ”It went incredible,” Federico told Newsday. “The fact that he took the time to meet with me in his insanely busy schedule … He’s just a wonderful, humble person. He didn’t have to do that, especially after everything had kind of died down for the most part.” Keep reading »

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