On Friday’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith made remarks that spawned controversy in the wake of the NFL’s decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was recently involved in a domestic dispute with now wife. Smith made a formal apology on Monday for those remarks (those original remarks can be seen here).
"I do sincerely apologize. I did an incredibly poor job of asserting my point of view this past Friday," Smith said.
"'I'm sorry' doesn't do the matter its proper justice, to be quite honest."
Smith said he was raised by four older sisters and "the greatest mother in the world." Smith added that he's spoken out against domestic violence all of his life, and his primary reason for doing so is because he's dealt with domestic violence in his own family.
ESPN issued this statement Monday:
“We will continue to have constructive dialogue on this important topic. Stephen’s comment last Friday do not reflect our company’s point of view. As his apology demonstrates, he recognizes his mistakes and has a deeper appreciation of our company values.”