Stephen A. Smith is criticizing the NFL’s one game suspension of New York Giants kicker Josh Brown for domestic violence, and questioning whether race played a role in determining the lenient punishment.
Opining on First Take Monday, Smith went out of his way to say that he was “not accusing anybody of anything,” but seemed to clearly believe that Brown would’ve been given a longer suspension if he were black.
“I can’t speak for everybody, but a bunch of people in the black community that are sitting here saying today ‘This is the epitome of white privilege,'” Smith said. “Because there’s no way in hell a black man can be involved in 20 different incidents, and you only get a one game suspension in today’s culture.”
Brown’s ex-wife, Molly Brown, told police that the Giants kicker was violent with her on more than 20 occasions, according to an ESPN report. Molly Brown did not cooperate with the NFL’s investigation of Josh Brown, and the league cited that as a primary reason why the kicker is only being suspended for one game.
Stephen A. Smith wasn’t buying it.
Twenty different incidents. Cops coming to the home on numerous occasions, according to the reports that I’ve read. The Giants were aware of this. The NFL was aware of this…You have a policy in place, a baseline suspension of six games without pay for violations involving assault, battery, domestic violence, child abuse, other forms of family violence, sexual assualt…I totally understand if it’s not six games because she was not cooperating. But why all the way down to one game? That’s my problem with all of this…I am asking the question, if this were a black man, would it have been just one game?
Watch the full segment above, via ESPN2.
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