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.

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

Beadle’s response:


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(Hat tip: @TX_Moira)