In discussing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s paltry two-game suspension and $529,411.24 fine (the combined total of three game checks) following an arrest for domestic violence, First Take’s panelist Stephen A. Smith managed to say some incredibly moronic things about women’s responsibilities regarding domestic violence–like that it’s their responsibility not to provoke men into beating them.
Nestled between the occasional reminder that it’s not OK to hit women were helpful hints to women–like if you don’t want your man to beat you, don’t give him a reason!
“We also have to make sure that we learn as much as we can,” Smith says, “about elements of provocation.”
He added that, while there’s no true provocation, women need to step up and take responsibility for their actions that cause men to beat them. “Not that there’s real provocation, but the elements of provocation, you got to make sure that you address them, because we’ve got to do is do what we can to try to prevent the situation from happening in any way. And I don’t think that’s broached enough, is all I’m saying. No point of blame,” he said.
How can this be prevented? Well, Smith tells women, “…let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions, because if I come, or somebody else come, whether it’s law enforcement officials, your brother or the fellas that you know, if we come after somebody has put their hands on you, it doesn’t negate the fact that they already put their hands on you. So let’s try to make sure that we can do our part in making sure that that doesn’t happen.
Watch this moron prattle on about women and domestic violence, below: