Stephen A. Smith is a woman hating, blabbering idiot

Stephen-A-SmithESPN’s Stephen A. Smith weighed in on Ray Rice’s two-game suspension from the NFL for knowingly causing significant bodily injury to the mother of his child, and it didn’t go too well. Smith presented the following monologue on ESPN’s First Take (via Deadspin):

It’s not about him, then. It’s about you, and here’s what I mean by that. We keep talking about the guys. We know you have no business putting your hands on a woman. I don’t know how many times I got to reiterate that. But as a man who was raised by women, see I know what I’m going to do if somebody touches a female member of my family. I know what I’m going to do, I know what my boys are going to do. I know what, I’m going to have to remind myself that I work for the Worldwide Leader, I’m going to have to get law enforcement officials involved because of what I’m going to be tempted to 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, because if I come, or somebody else come, whether it’s law enforcement officials, your brother or the fellas that you know, if we come after somebody has put their hands on you, it doesn’t negate the fact that they already put their hands on you. So let’s try to make sure that we can do our part in making sure that that doesn’t happen. Now you got some dudes that are just horrible and they’re going to do it anyway, and there’s never an excuse to put your hands on a woman. But domestic violence or whatever the case may be, with men putting their hands on women, is obviously a very real, real issue in our society. And I think that just talking about what guys shouldn’t do, 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. We know they’re wrong. We know they’re criminals. We know they probably deserve to be in jail. In Ray Rice’s case, he probably deserves more than a 2-game suspension which we both acknowledged. But at the same time, we also have to make sure that we learn as much as we can about elements of provocation. Not that there’s real provocation, but the elements of provocation, you got to make sure that you address them, because we’ve got to do is do what we can to try to prevent the situation from happening in any way. And I don’t think that’s broached enough, is all I’m saying. No point of blame.

If you read the above monologue and you got the impression that Smith is saying that victims of domestic violence are to blame, that’s because that’s what he said. Stephen A. Smith, a trained wordsmith, used the word “provocation” three times.

Fellow ESPN host Michelle Beadle called Smith out on Twitter:

Smith then responded in a long series of incoherent tweets that he has since deleted. You can still read them over at Deadspin.

On a sidenote, I love it when someone tweets something stupid, other people embed the tweet, and then the author of said stupid tweet deletes it from Twitter, somehow believing that the deletion from Twitter will somehow make it all go away. It doesn’t. Deleted tweets live on in embedded form. Because they look different than a normal embedded tweet, when you see one, you know the author realized what they tweeted was stupid and they wish it would just go away. Anytime I see is, I have to laugh.

Back to the issue of Ray Rice and Smith’s assertion of provocation. This is what happens when a prosecutor fails to do their job and vigorously prosecute those who commit violence on a women. Idiots like Stephen A. Smith look at that and take away that the woman somehow deserved it. My guess is that Smith is the type of man who doesn’t need a whole lot of help in coming to that conclusion.

Stephen A. Smith is an idiot and a misogynist. That’s a bad combination. A smart misogynist would know better than to spew his blame-the-victim opinions on ESPN.

The NFL treats dumb, homophobic comments more severely than violence against women

ray_rice_pink_jersey_nflThe NFL suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice the first two games of the 2014 season as a result of an off-season arrest for domestic violence. Rice punched then-fiancée, now wife, Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City hotel. The entire debacle was captured on security video. So far, only the video showing the aftermath has been made public.

In the video, Rice is seen dragging Palmer out of an elevator. She looks unconscious.

It’s ridiculous that Rice can commit a crime of violence against a woman, and his punishment is only a two-game suspension. In comparison, Minnesota Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer said something stupid about gay people and the NFL suspended him for three games. That’s one whole game more than what Rice got for rendering the mother of his child unconscious.

Why are words punished more than violence?

A grand jury indicted Rice with aggravated assault. Instead of going to trial, he was able to reach a pre-trial deal with New Jersey prosecutors. Once he completes a diversionary program, his indictment will go away and his record will be cleared.

The grand jury’s indictment stated that Rice “knowingly caused significant bodily injury” to Palmer under circumstances “manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.” For that, his only punishment will be a suspension of two games.

To the NFL, what Mike Priefer did, saying something stupid about gay people, is worse than what Ray Rice did, beating a woman unconscious. One whole game worse.

Way to go NFL. Have fun selling all those pink jerseys.

Battleground 2014

battleground2014wweTonight WWE is presenting Battleground, this month’s pay-per-view event. I’m not even sure if the term pay-per-view is even accurate anymore since I have to think most people watching it tonight will be watching it over the WWE Network. For only $9.99 a month, you get access to all the WWE pay-per-view events as well as all the archived content. A single pay-per-view in HD is around $59.99. That’s only if you have cable, because DirecTv and Dish stopped offering WWE pay-per-views in retaliation for the WWE offering its own network.

I’m really looking forward to tonight’s event.

Here’s the line-up:

  • Jack Swagger vs. Rusev
  • Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
  • Paige vs. AJ Lee (Divas Championship)
  • Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt
  • The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family (2-out-of-3 Falls match for Tag Team Championship)
  • Battle Royal (Intercontinental Championship)
  • Kane vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Championship)

There’s not a single match I don’t want to watch. Normally I’d plan on playing Candy Crush Sage during the Rusev match, but ever since they put him and his manager Lana against Jack Swagger and his manager Zeb Colter, I’ve really been enjoying the bit.

As long as Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, or Jimmy Buffett don’t make a special appearance, it should be a fantastic night of sports entertainment.

According to Chris Kluwe, over half of the 2012 Minnesota Vikings joked about little boys getting raped

Jacksonville Jaguars v Minnesota VikingsOne of the things the public learned from the report commissioned by the Minnesota Vikings regarding allegations made by former punter Chris Kluwe in a post on Deadspin, was that Kluwe, heterosexual champion to all things gay rights related, enjoyed joking about boys being sexually assaulted. According to the report, Kluwe cut the seat out of his pants, put them on, and then told Vikings’ strength and conditioning coach Tom Kanavy, a Penn State alumni, that he was a victim of Penn State defensive coach Jerry Sandusky and to stay away from him while his ass were exposed.

What type of person jokes about child rape?

According to Chris Kluwe, over half of the 2012 Minnesota Vikings joked about it:

Chris Kluwe made light of something that should never be made light of, and then when he began to deservedly catch heat over it, he immediately threw his former teammates under the bus. The problem is that because he didn’t specifically name anyone who joked about children being sodomized, it’s left to the reader to guess whom Kluwe was referring to. Was it Adrian Peterson? How about Christian Ponder? Was it Jared Allen?

If I had to guess, then I’d guess none of them did.

Chris Kluwe is a fraud. I used to have a lot of respect for him. Now I don’t have any. It’s clear at this point that he craves attention and will do anything to get it, even it means cutting a hole in his pants and pretending to be a sexually assaulted child. I think he used the issue of gay rights and gay marriage as a vehicle to get that attention. I highly doubt he truly cares about gay rights. Someone who cares about gay rights doesn’t crack jokes about Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulting little boys.

Chris Kluwe was a mediocre punter of footballs and he’s an even worse human being.

Chris Kluwe joked about child rape?

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Houston TexansRemember Chris Kluwe? He’s the former NFL punter who believed that he lost his job with the Minnesota Vikings because he campaigned in favor of gay marriage. He wrote a really long post on Deadspin where he chronicled his experiences with the Vikings and how they collectively tried to shut him up about the whole gay marriage thing.

He called his former head coach Leslie Frazier a coward.
He called his former general manager Rick Spielman a coward.
He called his former special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer a bigot.

After the Deadspin article was published, the Vikings announced that they would investigate. They hired a Miniapolous law firm to conduct an independent review of Kluwe’s allegations. Their findings were published yesterday in 29-page report.

Among other things, the report details just how much of a sucky punter Kluwe supposedly was. I guess this shows that he was fired not because he was a passionate advocate for gay marriage, but because he “was neither a great directional kicker nor good at placing the ball inside the 20-yard line” (page 13).

One of the most disturbing, and frankly, surprising parts of the report was found starting on page 26:

Kluwe also made fun of the Vikings’ then Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Tom Kanavy, an alumnus of‒and former coach at‒Penn State University, concerning the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State situation. In his interview, Kanavy explained that Kluwe cut the seat out of his pants and then put them on to imitate a victim of the Penn State child-abuse scandal. According to Kanavy, Kluwe said that he was a “Penn State victim” and to “stay away” from him while his buttocks were exposed.

Kluwe responded on Twitter:

There’s nothing funny about what Jerry Sandusky did. There’s nothing funny about child rape. The fact that Kluwe could even go there makes me reevaluate everything I’ve ever thought of him. I admired him for his stance on gay rights. I thought he was genuinely a good person, not someone who was using the issue of gay marriage to bring attention to himself. Now, I’m not so sure. The fact that he could use a child’s rape as the basis of giving his strength coach a “hard time” seems absurd to me.

It sure doesn’t jive with any of my previous opinions of Chris Kluwe.

Germany wins the 2014 World Cup in extra time

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Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger takes one for the team

Germany is the football champion of the world. They beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time. It’s Germany’s fourth World Cup title and it’s the first time a European team has won a World Cup in the Americas.

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer won the award for best goalkeeper. He made a total of one save in the World Cup final. American Tim Howard didn’t even made the FIFA short-list for best goalkeeper, even though he led all keepers with 27 saves. Neuer was second with 24.

Argentina’s captain Lionel Messi won the overall award for best player. He scored a total of four goals in seven games in the tournament, all coming in group play. In comparison, Colombia’s James Rodríguez scored six goals in five games in the World Cup, three coming in the knockout stage of the tournament. Messi seemed ineffective as the tournament wore on. Rodríguez was the opposite. Some say that as gifted a player Messi is, he seems to choke in big games. Yesterday’s final will only solidify that criticism.

Rumor has it that Lionel Messi even let an old man steal one of his potato chips. James Rodríguez would never allow an old man to steal any of his salty snack food.

The next World Cup will take place in Russia, making it the first World Cup to take place in Eastern Europe. If that seems bad, just wait for the 2022 World Cup. It will apparently take place in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar. First Russia and then Qatar, why can’t they have the World Cup someplace nice? If a normal human being wouldn’t take a vacation there, it shouldn’t be host to the World Cup.

I enjoyed watching the World Cup. I will miss it.