ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith deletes tweets on domestic abuse and ‘provoking the wrong actions’

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended only two games by the NFL after surveillance video showed him dragging his then-fianceé’s unconscious body from an Atlantic City hotel elevator.

This morning, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith enraged many — including ESPN’s Michelle Beadle — by advising women, “let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions … I think that just talking about what guys shouldn’t do, we got to also make sure that you can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to try to make sure it doesn’t happen.”

Following Beadle’s tweets and Internet backlash, Smith hit back with a series of (now deleted) tweets. Deadspin fortunately compiled them for posterity.

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/statuses/492731963732922368

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/statuses/492732424653389824

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/statuses/492732649237409792

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/statuses/492733037160185856

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/statuses/492733521518428160

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/statuses/492733696966139904

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/statuses/492733896199794688

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/statuses/492734116652404737

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/statuses/492734304603365377

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/statuses/492734735467421696

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/statuses/492735107636420608

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/statuses/492735400889581569

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/statuses/492735546444496896

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/statuses/492735758479134720

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/statuses/492736075300089856

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/statuses/492736129733771264

Beadle spent much of the remainder of the day retweeting abuse from Smith’s followers and defenders.

Beadle’s response:

Related:

Ravens’ Ray Rice’s wife Janay apologizes for her ‘role’ in aggravated assault

(Hat tip: @TX_Moira)

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