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ESPN has a civil (and gender) war on its hands as "SportsNation" host Michelle Beadle has lashed out on Twitter at "First Take" host Stephen. By calling out fellow ESPN colleague Stephen A. Smith for comments he made about the Ray Rice situation, Michelle Beadle showed courage. Today, the answer is simple: Stephen A. Smith. Since his Michelle Beadle would no doubt be on this list based on the present. But if we are.
Some talents that are the faces of their respective sport Jay Bilas with college basketball, Kirk Herbstreit with college football, and Adrian Wojnarowski with NBA reporting, for example are not included in the overall list because of the broader focus of others.
Mina Kimes A year ago, Jemele Hill would have surely been on this list. A polarizingthough, makes projecting her status at ESPN in five years a risk. Michelle Beadle would no doubt be on this list based on the present.
Mina KimesClinton Yatesand Domonique Foxworth are showing why three hosts on a radio show can be brilliant if done correctly. Kimes is also one of the best writers at the company, this was showcased when she was able to get Aaron Rodgers to open up in one of the best pieces of the year. Dan Le Batard Dan Le Batard is one of the few people that has shown they can succeed in print, radio, and television.
Adam Schefter It is much more of a challenge for a news breaker to carry the reigns as opposed to a personality that makes their own news daily.
ESPN’s Michelle Beadle Slams Stephen A. Smith for ‘Provocation’ Comments
However, Adam Schefter is the top news breaker for the top sport in the country. His Twitter account has over 7 million followers, significantly more than anyone else at the company. It is legitimately one of the most courageous things I've ever seen someone in sports journalism do. But what I've tried to employ the female members of my family, some of who you all met and talked to and what have you, is that again, and this what, I've done this all my life, let's make sure we don't do anything to provoke wrong actions … 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.
Deadspin noticed this and put up a post around ET, which got a few hits and got a few people talking. But it was all relatively muted, just those First Take boys doing what they do, until ET, when Beadle chimed up on Twitter.
- Michelle Beadle calls out Stephen A. Smith’s take on domestic violence
So I was just forced to watch this morning's First Take. A I'll never feel clean again B I'm now aware that I can provoke my own beating.CARI CHAMPION AND MOLLY QERIM BEEF GETS NASTY ON SOCIAL MEDIA
I'd hate to think what I'd be asking for by doing so stephenasmith. To insinuate otherwise is irresponsible and disgusting. Smith is in serious career hot water for his "provoke" comment, particularly after he went on Twitter and, as people like Stephen A.
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Smith tend to do, made it about times worse. On Monday's First Take, Smith issued a scripted apology. But there was little reason to think this would turn into much of a tempest before Beadle's tweet.
He had even said something similarly repulsive in the pastto zero reaction.
ESPN's Michelle Beadle courageously spoke up. | Sports on Earth
First Take had reached the point that either Smith or Skip Bayless could have cooked a rabbit on live television and there would have been little backlash; the free rein for those two to be awful is basically unprecedented. Then Beadle -- who had been bashing the NFL the day before for its weak "punishment" of Rice, also in defiance of the rest of her network -- spoke up.
Suddenly, people weren't just talking about Smith's revolting comments, but also the general place of women in sports and the practice of victim-blaming in domestic violence cases. Beadle didn't just call out Smith; she started a conversation that we desperately needed to have. She called attention to Smith, and the scores of others like him. We're all still talking about Stephen A.
ESPN’s Michelle Beadle Slams Stephen A. Smith Over Ray Rice Comments – CBS Chicago
Smith and domestic violence and Ray Rice because of Michelle Beadle. It is also of note that Smith didn't feel the need to explain himself on Twitter until Beadle had spoken up, and he was so upset by her reaction that he specifically referenced her in tweeting his "defense.
First off, this is ESPN, where keeping criticism in-house is a matter of public policy. Bill Simmons was suspended from Twitter for three days last year -- as much as being told to stop providing free content to a third-party platform for 72 hours counts as a "suspension" -- for criticizing First Take.