ESPN appears to have decided on Skip Bayless' replacement, and not to agreeing to a deal to co-host “First Take” with Stephen A. Smith. Today, the answer is simple: Stephen A. Smith. Since his Michelle Beadle would no doubt be on this list based on the present. But if we are. While discussing Ray Rice's controversial two-game suspension on First Take Friday morning, Stephen A. Smith took off on a rant that implied.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Just Mansplained Domestic Violence :
Mina Kimes A year ago, Jemele Hill would have surely been on this list. It looks like Michelle Beadle provoked Stephen A.
Michelle Beadle fires back at Stephen A. Smith after on-air rant
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A I'll never feel clean again B I'm now aware that I can provoke my own beating. I'd hate to think what I'd be asking for by doing so stephenasmith. To insinuate otherwise is irresponsible and disgusting. And, you know, provoke his listening audience.
It looks like Michelle Beadle provoked Stephen A. He launched a multi-tweet response since deleted against anyone who thought he said what he actually said: This will be a long tweeted message, folks. So please stay with me and let me finish my complete thought before responding I don't understand how on — Stephen A Smith stephenasmith July 25, earth someone could interpret that I somehow was saying women are to blame for domestic violence.
Something needs to be said right now. From that point, I simply asked: But what about addressing women on how they can help prevent the obvious wrong being done upon them? I was simply saying what that preventive measures always need to be addressed because — Stephen A Smith stephenasmith July 25, there's only but so much that can be done after the fact I have always -- and will always -- find violence against a women every bit as — Stephen A Smith stephenasmith July 25, horrific as women, themselves, find it.
It is legitimately one of the most courageous things I've ever seen someone in sports journalism do. But what I've tried to employ the female members of my family, some of who you all met and talked to and what have you, is that again, and this what, I've done this all my life, let's make sure we don't do anything to provoke wrong actions … we got to also make sure that you can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to try to make sure it doesn't happen.
Deadspin noticed this and put up a post around ET, which got a few hits and got a few people talking. But it was all relatively muted, just those First Take boys doing what they do, until ET, when Beadle chimed up on Twitter. So I was just forced to watch this morning's First Take. A I'll never feel clean again B I'm now aware that I can provoke my own beating.
I'd hate to think what I'd be asking for by doing so stephenasmith. To insinuate otherwise is irresponsible and disgusting. Smith is in serious career hot water for his "provoke" comment, particularly after he went on Twitter and, as people like Stephen A. Smith tend to do, made it about times worse. On Monday's First Take, Smith issued a scripted apology.
But there was little reason to think this would turn into much of a tempest before Beadle's tweet. He had even said something similarly repulsive in the past , to zero reaction. First Take had reached the point that either Smith or Skip Bayless could have cooked a rabbit on live television and there would have been little backlash; the free rein for those two to be awful is basically unprecedented.
Then Beadle -- who had been bashing the NFL the day before for its weak "punishment" of Rice, also in defiance of the rest of her network -- spoke up. Suddenly, people weren't just talking about Smith's revolting comments, but also the general place of women in sports and the practice of victim-blaming in domestic violence cases.
Beadle didn't just call out Smith; she started a conversation that we desperately needed to have. She called attention to Smith, and the scores of others like him. We're all still talking about Stephen A. Smith and domestic violence and Ray Rice because of Michelle Beadle.
It is also of note that Smith didn't feel the need to explain himself on Twitter until Beadle had spoken up, and he was so upset by her reaction that he specifically referenced her in tweeting his "defense. First off, this is ESPN, where keeping criticism in-house is a matter of public policy. Bill Simmons was suspended from Twitter for three days last year -- as much as being told to stop providing free content to a third-party platform for 72 hours counts as a "suspension" -- for criticizing First Take.