Stephen A. Smith has been a television train wreck this summer. A commentator noted for his extensive vocabulary and preacher-like demeanor, there was nothing particularly agreeable with his explanation on the “Elements of Provocation”.
Smith followed that rant with the most confusing and unintelligible Twitter defense imaginable. ESPN suspended him for a week after they made him apologize on-air.
This was the SECOND time he’s pointed to provocation as a reason for a man to hit a woman, which is exactly one reason too many. Throw in the fact that he doesn’t think that Roger Goodell should lose his job, and you have a man whose word can’t possibly be taken seriously. Then again, Smith’s main gig now is as one-half of the great “embrace debate” programming that First Take delivers, so you should really never bother with whatever asinine water cooler talk he may spew.