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Stephen A. Smith Blames Those Accusing Him Of Victim-Blaming With Misconstruing What He Said

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While many were expressing outrage at his comments about domestic violence, Stephen A. Smith let his followers on Twitter know that he was also ANNOYED.

A panelist on ESPN's polarizing "First Take" program, Smith came under fire on Friday for claiming that victims of domestic violence need to be mindful of "the elements of provocation" when dealing with abusers. The remarks were made during a discussion relating to the NFL's recent suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice following his arrest in February for allegedly striking his then-fiancee during an altercation at a casino.

Prominent among those disgusted by the comments and their apparent implications was Michelle Beadle, a host of ESPN's "SportsNation." Shortly after she called out Smith for his commentary and spoke out against victim-blaming on Twitter, Smith responded to the developing controversy by defending himself and his views in a long series of tweets. While Smith conceded that he "could've been more articulate on the matter," he basically reiterated his inflammatory stance. Rather than offering a straightforward apology, Smith apologized to Beadle and all woman who "misconstrued" what he had said.

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