Stephen A. Smith took to twitter on Friday to pour his heart out in a statement regarding his rant about Ray Rice and domestic violence on ESPN’s First Take.
In his multiple posts that needed well over 140 characters, Smith singled out ESPN’s Michelle Beadle, who ripped him a new one on Twitter, in his apology.
We’ll bunch all of the continuous tweets together for consistency’s sake:
This will be a long tweeted message, folks. So please stay with me and let me finish my complete thought before responding… b/c i’m ANNOYED… In discussing the Ray Rice ruling earlier today on @ESPN_FirstTake, me and @RealSkipBayless ventured into discussing domestic violence. Upon hearing what I had to say, although admitting I could’ve been more articulate on the matter, let me be clear: I don’t understand how on earth someone could interpret that I somehow was saying women are to blame for domestic violence. And when I saw @MichelleDBeadle tweet what she tweeted, enough is enough. Something needs to be said right now. REPEATEDLY i said: There is absolutely no excuse to put your hands on a women. REPEATEDLY, I said dudes who do that need to be dealt with. REPEATEDLY, I echoed when someone was stupid enough to touch a loved one of this man, raised by 4 older sisters, a mom and numerous female relatives and loved ones, that man was dealt with. From that point, I simply asked: now what about the other side. — Of course he needs to pay the price.
Who on earth is denying that? But what about addressing women on how they can help prevent the obvious wrong being done upon them?once the damage is already done. Nothing more. My apologies to @MichelleDBeadle and any woman out there who misconstrued what I said. I have always — and will always find violence against a women every bit as horrific as women, themselves, find it. Always have. Always will, which my personal behavior exemplifies. I’ll strive to be more articulate in the future. But be clear, I wasn’t BLAMING women for anything. I was simply saying to take all things into consideration for preventative purposes. Period.
Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 25, 2014
Pheeewwww… I’m all copy and pasted out!