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2014-07-29 11:42:21 PM  
51 weeks to go
 
2014-07-29 11:54:12 PM  
Setting a far better example than the NFL, I see.
 
2014-07-30 12:18:20 AM  
What a moron.
 
2014-07-30 12:36:17 AM  
Replace him with Emmit Smith.
 
2014-07-30 01:17:43 AM  
He g
 
2014-07-30 01:19:05 AM  
Trying again.
Now if they could just get rid of Bayless.
I like ESPN in general, but him? Not so much.

Aikman should have punched him when he had the chance.
 
2014-07-30 01:19:06 AM  

DanZero: Setting a far better example than the NFL, I see.


If there's an example to be set, the criminal justice system should set it and last I checked, Rice stays clean for a year and the whole thing gets expunged.
 
2014-07-30 01:34:01 AM  
Hey, ESPN! You paid him to give opinions. So he gave an opinion. He didn't even punch anyone. And NOW you're upset?!
 
2014-07-30 03:56:48 AM  
 
2014-07-30 07:08:38 AM  
Again?

/can't be the first time ESPN suspended him.
 
2014-07-30 07:26:22 AM  
Welp, looks like I said the previous thread did come true -- Screamin' A Smith got a stiffer punishment for voicing a wrong opinion than Ray Rice for beating the crap out of his wife-to-be.
 
2014-07-30 07:48:57 AM  

Triumph: DanZero: Setting a far better example than the NFL, I see.

If there's an example to be set, the criminal justice system should set it and last I checked, Rice stays clean for a year and the whole thing gets expunged.


Your employer doesn't have to wait for a judge's decision to reprimand you if they feel your actions have damaged their brand. I'm pretty sure there's no positive spin that the league can put on Rice punching out his fiancée, criminal repercussions be damned.
 
2014-07-30 07:58:51 AM  

Dinobot: Welp, looks like I said the previous thread did come true -- Screamin' A Smith got a stiffer punishment for voicing a wrong opinion than Ray Rice for beating the crap out of his wife-to-be.


As someone said on r/NFL this weekend, "Hey, NFL players, the lesson here is simple.  If you're stressed out and frustrated after practice, the league office has spoken - don't hit that joint, hit your wife instead!"
 
2014-07-30 08:00:28 AM  
Good for them. Being on a "debate show" doesn't mean that you get to spout off whatever you want if your employer deems that you've damaged their brand.

Also, I know it's ESPN and all, but wow... the comments in that link are depressing.

"Hitting your wife is a bad thing but people who do already know that and its likely the wife knows her husband can do it, so why take a chance with your life."

"Any person w a normal brain can comprehend what he was saying.. It's just these stupid women who get there panties in a bunch over anything without using their brain.. a Lesser man would smack them "
 
2014-07-30 08:01:20 AM  

DanZero: Setting a far better example than the NFL, I see.


I disagree. He didnt get suspended. Those words were never used. They are just keeping him off air and hoping it blows over. Ivan guessing this is more paid leave, which is no real punishment other than an ego shot.
 
2014-07-30 08:01:55 AM  
*I am guessing
 
2014-07-30 08:04:04 AM  

Dinobot: Welp, looks like I said the previous thread did come true -- Screamin' A Smith got a stiffer punishment for voicing a wrong opinion than Ray Rice for beating the crap out of his wife-to-be.


Rice is losing 1/8 of his salary plus missing games and Smith probably got paid leave. Let's not be ridiculous.
 
2014-07-30 08:04:45 AM  
I applaud ESPN Thought crimes will not be tolerated.
 
2014-07-30 08:06:46 AM  
What? Stephen A Smith?  Stephen A Smith?It pains me to say this, as Stephen A Smith is a good, close, personal friend...but Stephen A Smith shouldn't be anywhere near a microphone. How awful can you be? You are the voice of a major broadcast network. Stephen A Smith should have an APB out for his journalistic integrity. No disrespect whatsoever, but the man can't report sports.He should be banned from the TV today. I can't even get into the atrocity that is First Take.
 
2014-07-30 08:09:45 AM  
Meh, don't most talking heads in that industry have vacation scheduled just prior to the NFL season?

It got him and the network all the attention they love to rub their nipples to.
 
2014-07-30 08:10:25 AM  
I'm surprised he got suspended. After all, he did say the N word.... TWICE, and nothing happened.
 
2014-07-30 08:13:07 AM  

sign_of_Zeta: Rice is losing 1/8 of his salary plus missing games


Most of the anger is based around the precedent that the NFL has set with this, telling their players (and, by extension, their audience) that taking a diuretic or smoking weed is twice as bad as knocking a woman out cold.
 
2014-07-30 08:14:50 AM  

Incorrigible Astronaut: sign_of_Zeta: Rice is losing 1/8 of his salary plus missing games

Most of the anger is based around the precedent that the NFL has set with this, telling their players (and, by extension, their audience) that taking a diuretic or smoking weed is twice as bad as knocking a woman out cold.


I was just saying Smith's punishment was worse is ridiculous. I think it was way too light a suspension on Rice.
 
2014-07-30 08:17:20 AM  

sign_of_Zeta: Dinobot: Welp, looks like I said the previous thread did come true -- Screamin' A Smith got a stiffer punishment for voicing a wrong opinion than Ray Rice for beating the crap out of his wife-to-be.

Rice is losing 1/8 of his salary plus missing games and Smith probably got paid leave. Let's not be ridiculous.


yeah, but he would have lost 1/4 of his salary had he smoked weed instead
 
2014-07-30 08:17:36 AM  
He is one of the three talking heads I would love to kick the shiat out of. Charles Grodin and Bill O'Reilly are the other two.  Antagonistic dickwads.
 
2014-07-30 08:32:12 AM  
Listen, he said some stupid shiat. But I think it was a case of of him being inarticulate, and then getting caught in your own argument. I don't think he thinks that women need to not provoke domestic abuse.

That said, ESPN is taking him out of a beating. It will help this all die down. It's the right thing to do.
 
2014-07-30 08:36:22 AM  

WhiteElephant: He is one of the three talking heads I would love to kick the shiat out of. Charles Grodin and Bill O'Reilly are the other two.  Antagonistic dickwads.


I actually admire O'Reilly's trolling ability. Him and Rush can rustle jimmies like no one else.
 
2014-07-30 08:36:30 AM  

Publikwerks: Listen, he said some stupid shiat. But I think it was a case of of him being inarticulate, and then getting caught in your own argument. I don't think he thinks that women need to not provoke domestic abuse.

That said, ESPN is taking him out of a beating. It will help this all die down. It's the right thing to do.


What I got from it was he thinks is sometimes you need to slap a b*tch.  He deserves all the crap he gets.

The fact is that this is of ESPN's own making.  Since 2005 they have moved more and more away from sports and sports news programming to sports and hype machine.  If they didn't have all the debate shows that just rehash news with "expert opinions" (which aren't experts of half the shiat they talk about, like domestic violence), things like this wouldn't happen.
 
2014-07-30 08:46:56 AM  

Publikwerks: Listen, he said some stupid shiat. But I think it was a case of of him being inarticulate, and then getting caught in your own argument. I don't think he thinks that women need to not provoke domestic abuse.

That said, ESPN is taking him out of a beating. It will help this all die down. It's the right thing to do.


Shouldnt not doing this be a prerequisite for sitting in front of a microphone and telling people what you think about touchy subjects?
 
2014-07-30 08:49:10 AM  
Has ESPN ever suspended personnel before?

Also, it is funny that he was hired by Chris Russo to do a job on Sirius after Russo claimed there are no black guys "worthy" of being a host on his brand.  So you go with Smith fresh off this controversy?  Really?
 
2014-07-30 08:53:00 AM  

sign_of_Zeta: Rice is losing 1/8 of his salary


True, though the way his contract (and all contracts for stars) is structured, his salary is relatively low to his overall compensation (wrapped up in his bonus, which is untouched by this)
 
2014-07-30 08:53:43 AM  

Gunny Highway: Has ESPN ever suspended personnel before?

Also, it is funny that he was hired by Chris Russo to do a job on Sirius after Russo claimed there are no black guys "worthy" of being a host on his brand.  So you go with Smith fresh off this controversy?  Really?


Can't stand Russo. I hate that MLBN hired him. He made Mike Francesa palatable purely by comparison.
 
2014-07-30 08:54:43 AM  

Gunny Highway: Has ESPN ever suspended personnel before?


They suspended Kornheiser from TV and Radio for about a month after he commented on his radio show that Hannah Storm looked too slutty in her sportcenter attire (a stereotypical cowgirl outfit)
 
2014-07-30 08:58:32 AM  
And nothing of value was lost.
 
2014-07-30 09:00:09 AM  

doubled99: I applaud ESPN Thought crimes will not be tolerated.


Bad example- this is not thought crime. No govt entity is holding smith to account. His employer, however, is doing what they see as best for their business. ESPN has no obligation to allow smith his free speech rights on their airwaves.

If I was the owner of a similar outlet & a similar pundit gave similar views- I would release a statement saying I respect his right to have his own opinions and views. I would go on the air with him and let him reiterate his point of view, shake his hand, and wish him well in his next job.

Double- If you were my employee I would fire you for not understanding the definition of basic English words. But I would still respect your view point.
 
2014-07-30 09:00:27 AM  

machoprogrammer: I actually admire O'Reilly's trolling ability. Him and Rush can rustle jimmies like no one else.


Call me old fashioned, but I can remember when "trolling" was better known as just "being an insufferable dickhole for the sake of attention."
 
2014-07-30 09:02:09 AM  

Lost Thought 00: Gunny Highway: Has ESPN ever suspended personnel before?

They suspended Kornheiser from TV and Radio for about a month after he commented on his radio show that Hannah Storm looked too slutty in her sportcenter attire (a stereotypical cowgirl outfit)


Dana Jacobson was suspended a week for being drunk and swearing at a non-televised Mike and Mike roast now that I am looking into it.
 
2014-07-30 09:04:11 AM  

EyeballKid: machoprogrammer: I actually admire O'Reilly's trolling ability. Him and Rush can rustle jimmies like no one else.

Call me old fashioned, but I can remember when "trolling" was better known as just "being an insufferable dickhole for the sake of attention."


Yeah, what Rush said was just a lame attempt at attaching himself to a sensitive story at the very end.  Lame shiat and not admirable.
 
2014-07-30 09:05:24 AM  
Good. That guy is a racist idiot. They should fire his ass.
 
2014-07-30 09:09:56 AM  
I have a real life scenario that occurred and would like to see what people think, since it's somewhat related.

I was at a party a few years ago. At one point, in the kitchen, a man and a woman were teasing each other. They were both tipsy. Both had known each other for several years and often lifted weights together at the same gym. The woman was teasing the guy that she could bench almost as much as he could (she used to power lift in college and was pretty big.) She punched him in the shoulder. He laughed it off. She kept at it, teasing him, punching him in the shoulder and saying she needed to "toughen him up." The guy was still laughing about it. The next punch she threw, he side-stepped, and punched her in the shoulder. It was a stiff shot, but not a full swing. She froze, staring at him in shock. She then unleashed a flurry of punches at his face, screaming "WHAT THE F&%$ IS WRONG WITH YOU!?"  People pulled her away, the guy was just blocking his face with his arms, in complete shock. She grabbed her coat, screamed at the guy's wife "I'm leaving... you should too. Your husband is a woman beater." She was serious, and she never spoke to anyone at the party again.

I've always been on the fence about the above situation. I was there and saw it all unfold. You never want to say hitting a woman (or anyone, really) is okay to do, but it seemed like they were just goofing around, and given the context of their relationship it didn't seem out of place or odd until her reaction.
 
2014-07-30 09:12:07 AM  

WinoRhino: I have a real life scenario that occurred and would like to see what people think, since it's somewhat related.

I was at a party a few years ago. At one point, in the kitchen, a man and a woman were teasing each other. They were both tipsy. Both had known each other for several years and often lifted weights together at the same gym. The woman was teasing the guy that she could bench almost as much as he could (she used to power lift in college and was pretty big.) She punched him in the shoulder. He laughed it off. She kept at it, teasing him, punching him in the shoulder and saying she needed to "toughen him up." The guy was still laughing about it. The next punch she threw, he side-stepped, and punched her in the shoulder. It was a stiff shot, but not a full swing. She froze, staring at him in shock. She then unleashed a flurry of punches at his face, screaming "WHAT THE F&%$ IS WRONG WITH YOU!?"  People pulled her away, the guy was just blocking his face with his arms, in complete shock. She grabbed her coat, screamed at the guy's wife "I'm leaving... you should too. Your husband is a woman beater." She was serious, and she never spoke to anyone at the party again.

I've always been on the fence about the above situation. I was there and saw it all unfold. You never want to say hitting a woman (or anyone, really) is okay to do, but it seemed like they were just goofing around, and given the context of their relationship it didn't seem out of place or odd until her reaction.


Did you see the video outside the elevator.  Rice's now wife was out cold.  He was dragging her out of the elevator.
 
2014-07-30 09:15:59 AM  
Like five or so years ago Stephen A. was all over nba on espn. People hated him, and the brass at espn gave him less and less air time. It was glorious. Then, for whatever reason, espn decided to go full sports derpstorm and brought him to first take. Wish he would've stayed gone.

Problem is first take already has that other troll. You can have one guy saying stupid shiat like Lebron isn't good and what not as long as the other guy is reasonable and argues from a sensual standpoint. Bt now you have bayless and smith trolling back and forth. It's not fun to watch. Trolls need to troll someone. Having two trolls who don't troll each other on a debate show means they're trolling you instead.

In five years I've gone from espn being on in the background all day at my house, to live sports only.
 
2014-07-30 09:19:08 AM  

Champion of the Sun: Like five or so years ago Stephen A. was all over nba on espn. People hated him, and the brass at espn gave him less and less air time. It was glorious. Then, for whatever reason, espn decided to go full sports derpstorm and brought him to first take. Wish he would've stayed gone.

Problem is first take already has that other troll. You can have one guy saying stupid shiat like Lebron isn't good and what not as long as the other guy is reasonable and argues from a sensual standpoint. Bt now you have bayless and smith trolling back and forth. It's not fun to watch. Trolls need to troll someone. Having two trolls who don't troll each other on a debate show means they're trolling you instead.

In five years I've gone from espn being on in the background all day at my house, to live sports only.


The problem is you watch First Take.
 
2014-07-30 09:19:19 AM  
What I got from it was he thinks is sometimes you need to slap a b*tch.  He deserves all the crap he gets.
The fact is that this is of ESPN's own making.  Since 2005 they have moved more and more away from sports and sports news programming to sports and hype machine.  If they didn't have all the debate shows that just rehash news with "expert opinions" (which aren't experts of half the shiat they talk about, like domestic violence), things like this wouldn't happen.



People giving an opinion? Yeah, that shiat's got to stop.
 
2014-07-30 09:21:10 AM  

sign_of_Zeta: Publikwerks: Listen, he said some stupid shiat. But I think it was a case of of him being inarticulate, and then getting caught in your own argument. I don't think he thinks that women need to not provoke domestic abuse.

That said, ESPN is taking him out of a beating. It will help this all die down. It's the right thing to do.

What I got from it was he thinks is sometimes you need to slap a b*tch.  He deserves all the crap he gets.

The fact is that this is of ESPN's own making.  Since 2005 they have moved more and more away from sports and sports news programming to sports and hype machine.  If they didn't have all the debate shows that just rehash news with "expert opinions" (which aren't experts of half the shiat they talk about, like domestic violence), things like this wouldn't happen.


No, I disagree. I don't think that was what he was saying at all. I think his point was dumb, but I don't think he was condoning abuse.
 
2014-07-30 09:24:22 AM  

sign_of_Zeta: Did you see the video outside the elevator.  Rice's now wife was out cold.  He was dragging her out of the elevator.


Yes. I did. And I was appalled. In fact, up to that point, I had been a Ravens fan and a fan of Ray Rice since his first years at Rutgers. I am no longer a fan.

I want to be clear: my post wasn't meant in any way to suggest that the two situations were the same or even remotely similar. I was just curious about what people thought about the specific event I cited.
 
2014-07-30 09:27:12 AM  

Gunny Highway: Has ESPN ever suspended personnel before?

Also, it is funny that he was hired by Chris Russo to do a job on Sirius after Russo claimed there are no black guys "worthy" of being a host on his brand.  So you go with Smith fresh off this controversy?  Really?


Pretty sure one of their anchors (Gary something) got suspended for public urination quite a few years ago.
 
2014-07-30 09:27:49 AM  

Gunny Highway: Lost Thought 00: Gunny Highway: Has ESPN ever suspended personnel before?

They suspended Kornheiser from TV and Radio for about a month after he commented on his radio show that Hannah Storm looked too slutty in her sportcenter attire (a stereotypical cowgirl outfit)

Dana Jacobson was suspended a week for being drunk and swearing at a non-televised Mike and Mike roast now that I am looking into it.


Rob Parker got suspended for questioning RG3's blackness.
Chris Broussard got suspended for anti gay statements about Jason Collins being in the NBA
 
2014-07-30 09:29:21 AM  

eagles95: Gunny Highway: Lost Thought 00: Gunny Highway: Has ESPN ever suspended personnel before?

They suspended Kornheiser from TV and Radio for about a month after he commented on his radio show that Hannah Storm looked too slutty in her sportcenter attire (a stereotypical cowgirl outfit)

Dana Jacobson was suspended a week for being drunk and swearing at a non-televised Mike and Mike roast now that I am looking into it.

Rob Parker got suspended for questioning RG3's blackness.
Chris Broussard got suspended for anti gay statements about Jason Collins being in the NBA


And Phillips got canned for boning that intern or something. Am I remembering this correctly?
 
2014-07-30 09:29:32 AM  
When reached for comment Stephen A Smith responded: "Man, it feels like I have been raped.  Not that candy-ass Polanski crap but real rape-rape.  And shiat, it's not like I was wearing some short skirt or hangin my big ole titties out entrapping men to rape me.  This was the oh so rare, it probably never even happens, case of random rape"
 
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