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ESPN benches Stephen A. Smith for Ray Rice comments

July 30, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



Stephen A. Smith is paying for his comments about the suspension of Ravens running back Ray Rice. ESPN announced Tuesday that Smith, the loudmouth star of "First Take" and their radio network, will not appear on its airwaves for the next week. His ban ends next Tuesday.

Smith stirred up major controversy and received sharp criticism from ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle for saying that Rice's now wife, Janay Rice Palmer, "provoked" Rice into beating her. The NFL disciplined Rice, who was charged with aggravated assault, with a two-game suspension last week.

READ MORE: http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2014-07-29/stephen-a-smith-ray-rice-michelle-beadle-espn-suspension-first-take-comments


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