Stephen A. Smith ran his mouth and what you see above is what came out. If it sounds ignorant, that's because it is. If it sounds like he's blaming women for provoking their own beating, that's because he kind of is doing that.
And that's the kind of word salad that makes it difficult to figure out what to do next, so I'll help ESPN in any way that I can.
You should let this fellow go work out his issues somewhere else. Clearly, when he had a chance to fix things, he went into a completely different mode and basically said, woman--take your beating and shut up.
Don't do anything to provoke wrong actions is another way of saying, take your beating and shut up.
One thing you can count on is that ESPN never really gets around to doing the right thing, and that's what it has in common with the NFL--a fundamental lack of courage and commitment to doing the right thing whenever there's a little money at stake.
A man who believes that it's not okay to beat a woman and then basically says woman, take your beating and don't provoke a worse one or it's your fault doesn't really believe that it's not okay to beat a woman. He believes something else entirely, and you better watch your mouth.
Good God, where do these people come from and how do they end up in front of cameras?