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ESPN Suspends Stephen A. Smith For One Week In Wake Of Domestic Abuse Comments
Published July 30, 2014
IN OVER THEIR HEADS? VARIETY's Brian Lowry wrote ESPN "has a problem." The net wants to "be in the thick of things, to be part of every major debate pertaining to sports." But its commentators and analysts "can be loose cannons, occasionally getting in over their heads when pressed to address topics that go beyond their areas of expertise." If the goal is "to be provocative," then it "only stands to reason people are occasionally going to say questionable or offensive things, especially when tackling hot-button political issues." ESPN has "taken some steps to bolster its journalistic bona fides," including hiring Keith Olbermann and Jason Whitlock. For the "most part, though, the network is too often left relying on whoever’s available to cover the story of the moment" (VARIETY.com, 7/29).