Stephen A. Smith, an ESPN commentator who seems to fancy himself a domestic violence expert, was previously suspended for his comments in the wake of Ray Rice's actions that women by making sure they don't do anything to "provoke wrong actions". Today, he again opened his to talk about domestic violence and showed that he's learned absolutely nothing.
Yesterday, the head of the National Organization for Women (NOW) released a statement calling for Roger Goodell's resignation. Smith was not pleased with turn of events. Deadspin's article cites some of the dumb things that Smith said, including:
I'm sorry, I think this woman is off her rocker. I think she's lost her mind. That's right, I said it.
This is the most ridiculous nonsense I've ever heard in my life. Roger Goodell deserves to lose his job? Why are you acting like he's Ray Rice? Roger Goodell didn't hit Janay Palmer Rice. He hasn't hit any women. And by the way, the last time I checked, Skip, why are we talking about the NFL as if it's some cesspool for domestic violence? There's a few cases. It's being dealt with.
Oh, the NFL doesn't have a domestic violence problem, Mr. Smith? After Rice was shown in the initial video dragging his unconscious fiancée from an elevator, the league gave him a slap on the wrist with a 2-game suspension. The Ravens claimed that it was punishment enough for him to lose 3/17 of his salary. John Harbaugh, the Ravens coach, claimed that it was a mistake and that Rice was a 'heckuva guy'. His teammates believed that Rice's story of "defending himself" against his wife was 100% true (seriously).
It's also worth noting that the NFL has an absolutely appalling record on domestic violence. The Kinja user Chid compiled a list of all 56 DV-related arrests of NFL players going back to September 2006 (when Roger Goodell became commissioner) sourced from the USA Today NFL player arrest database. Suffice it to say: it's ugly.
How in the hell does Stephen A. Smith think that the NFL doesn't have a problem with how it treats domestic violence? How can he justify Goodell still having a job after so thoroughly and completely treating domestic violence like it was no big deal for his entire tenure?
In conclusion, Smith needs to stop talking over the voices of people who are working to actually fight domestic violence with ideas other than "don't provoke the abuser". Better yet, he should stop talking about domestic violence at all, as it's clear that he has no clue what he's talking about.