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Stephen A. Smith Doubles Down Controversial Defense of Mayweather’s Past Domestic Violence Issues

April 27, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Stephen A. Smith Doubles Down Controversial Defense of Mayweather’s Past Domestic Violence Issues

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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith’s wrist slap suspension for his defense of Floyd Mayweather’s past domestic abuse issues has not changed the outspoken sports commentator’s views on domestic violence.

After last year’s disturbing comments where he said women can play a part in provoking men into violence. During the April 8th edition, of ESPN’s “First Take,” Smith once again doubled down on his defense of his controversial position.

During a discussion with Cari Champion and Skip Bayless. Smith responded to Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach’s storyline of “Good vs. Evil.” For the super bout between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Smith took umbrage with people’s portrayal of Mayweather, who has two convictions of domestic violence and had numerous other incidents where he avoided arrest.

“Whats making me feel uncomfortable is the way they are lumping all of these other Floyd Mayweather allegations, and then say “Well, you know what? Look what kind of bad guy he is, ”

“When you take the position that you take, Cari, against — I got no problems with this, you’re a woman, you should feel that way — anybody else, based on what he’s been accused of, I get that. I have no issue whatsoever.”

Smith’s inept attempt of trying to separate the art and the artist is what gets him in trouble. And he takes the awkward stance by implying that domestic violence is a women’s issue.

Smith’s assessment that Champion “should” not like Mayweather because of the charges (and convictions) launched against him, but Smith lacks the connection.

After Champion countered his point, saying, “I take issue with his record of domestic violence. But, I also have an issue with how he just mistreats women outside the ring,”

Smith then reinforces his argument by telling Champion her problems with Floyd stem from her being a woman.

“OK, fine,” Smith loudly said. “I’m saying that her position is clear because she’s a woman, and this is her opinion how he conducts himself. I am a fan of boxing. When I am talking about the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, I’m thinking about two dudes squaring off strictly in the boxing ring, that’s all I’m doing. But Freddie Roach is taking this to whole another level. Anybody that’s cheering for Mayweather are almost criticized and asked, ‘What kind of person are you!’ And I say I’m a guy that loves boxing.”

The same guy that loves boxing, who is now facing a second controversy for the second time in nine months.

His first controversial remarks were made back during a July of 2014 edition of “First Take.” Smith took the blaming the victim stance, in the wake of the Ray Rice incident where he said that women have played a role in preventing domestic violence. “What I’ve tried to employ to the female members of my family, some of who you all met. And I tell them “let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions,” Smith said.

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