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The Daily's Hot Reads For Tuesday: Sorry Excuses

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 29 / 14

The WASHINGTON POST's Sally Jenkins writes of ESPN's Stephen A. Smith : "If a woman really wanted to be provocative, she could boil down his apology to one sentence: 'I didn't mean what I've so often said.' … What his apology demonstrates is that half the time he doesn't understand any mor...

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