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ESPN Ombudsman Addresses Stephen A. Smith Comments On Ray Rice
Published July 31, 2014
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QUITE FRANKLY: In Atlanta, Steve Hummer writes Smith has "become such a self-parody," and he was "only doing what he knows." ESPN "sets him up to be outlandish and edgy and then on that inevitable occasion when he steps into it, the network gets all high-minded." Hummer: "Hey, world sports leader, you court the opinions, don’t try to distance yourself now. ... Smith didn’t offend me. I don’t listen to him." But the "ultimate reason for letting Stephen A. off the hook" is that Goodell "must somewhat agree with him." Hummer: "Why else would he have handed out such flaccid discipline for such flagrant domestic abuse?" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 7/31).