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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: ESPN suspends Stephen A. Smith for comments related to Ray Rice incident

07.30.14 at 7:53 am ET
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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Angels at Orioles, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: Colorado Rapids at New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
MLS: New York Red Bulls at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions Cup, Manchester City vs. Liverpool 7 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A day after Stephen A. Smith made a videotaped apology for his comments about “provocation” by abused women as related to the Ray Rice domestic situation, ESPN announced Tuesday that Smith will not appear on “First Take” or ESPN Radio for the next week.

Smith insisted that he was not trying to imply that women had some responsibility in cases of abuse, but he did not clarify his remarks. He was discussing the case of Rice, the Ravens running back who was suspended two games by the league after being charged with assaulting his fiancee (who now is his wife).

Smith had been widely criticized, most notably by ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle, since his comments during Friday’s “First Take.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Stephen A. Smith have been suspended for his comments about victims of domestic abuse?

  • Yes, he crossed the line by trying to place some blame on the victim, despite his denial (55%, 390 Votes)
  • No, he should have the right to express his opinion (45%, 325 Votes)

Total Voters: 715

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In a memo sent to ESPN employees Tuesday, network president John Skipper wrote that he engaged in “thoughtful discussion” with a group of men and women in the company before deciding how to proceed.

Wrote Skipper: “Stephen has called what took place ‘the most egregious mistake’ of his career. I believe his apology was sincere and that he and we have learned from what we’ve collectively experienced. I’m confident we will all move forward with a greater sense of enlightenment and perspective as the lasting impact of these last few days.”

— A Browns fan who posted a YouTube video of him urinating on the Baltimore grave of former team owner Art Modell will be charged with disorderly conduct, Maryland authorities announced.

The man, who was not identified, indicates in the video that he is angry at Modell for moving the club in 1996 to Baltimore, where the team became the Ravens.

“Everyone who has buried a loved one has the right to believe that their final resting place will be treated with respect,” Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said in a statement. “Bringing charges against this individual should act as a deterrent to others and assure the rest of us that no matter who you are, indecencies will not be committed against your final resting place.”

Said Modell’s son, former Ravens president and COO David Modell: “We also agree with the state’s attorney’s office that everyone who has buried a loved one has the right to know that the final resting place will not be defiled. We are a country of laws. Just because you’re angry, that doesn’t mean the laws no longer apply to you.”

— A major water pipe burst in Los Angeles and spewed eight million gallons of water onto the UCLA campus, flooding Pauley Pavilion less than two years after the storied basketball facility underwent a $132 million renovation and damaging other athletic facilities.

“Unfortunately, UCLA was the sink for this water source,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said, adding: “It’s painful. It’s painful. We just refurbished Pauley just a few years ago. And it’s a beautiful structure. It’s of course a symbolic structure for this entire campus.”

With the city enduring a historic drought, the 93-year-old pipe under Sunset Boulevard sent 35,000 gallons of water per minute for 3 1/2 hours.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 30, 1996, the Red Sox acquired Darren Bragg from the Mariners in a trade for which player whose career ended in 2012 after 25 seasons?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I will say this, that it is important that we all continue to focus as a team. ‘€¦ The things that we established a year ago and the things that we continue to build, that can’€™€™t be sacrificed with a so-called distraction taking away from the way we play. That’€™€™s unacceptable, in my mind.” Red Sox manager John Farrell, speaking before Tuesday loss to the Blue Jays, on trade rumors involving his players

STAT OF THE DAY: 0-5 — The Red Sox‘ record against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park this season, following Tuesday’s 4-2 loss

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Manny Machado hits a walkoff home run in the 12th inning to give the Orioles a win over the Angels.

Cubs catcher John Baker pitches a scoreless top half of the 16th and then scores the winning run in the bottom of the inning against the Rockies.

From the same game, Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon makes a diving catch in the 10th inning to extend the contest.

Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee makes an impressive run-saving stab on a line drive and nearly gets a double play by rolling onto the bag.

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon lays out to make a catch of a fly ball, and it withstands a challenge by the Twins despite video that appears to show part of the ball hit the ground as he caught it.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jamie Moyer

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Paul Anka was born on this day in 1941.

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