When Stephen A. Smith made his controversial comments about domestic violence last Friday, it wasn't the first time he questioned the role of the victim.
As many have already highlighted, in 2012, after Chad Johnson was arrested for misdemeanor battery after headbutting his then-wife Evelyn Lozada, Smith's reaction was very similar to his initial comments about Ray Rice's battery assault against his then-fiancée.
Lozada, who said the argument broke out over a box of condoms she found in her husband's car, quickly divorced Johnson after that incident. Johnson, who pleaded "no contest" to the charge, was sentenced to probation.
At that time, Smith had this to say on First Take:
"There are plenty of instances where provocation comes into consideration, instigation comes into consideration, and I will be on the record right here on national television and say that I am sick and tired of men constantly being vilified and accused of things and we stop there," Smith said. "I'm saying, "Can we go a step further?" Since we want to dig all deeper into Chad Johnson, can we dig in deep to her?"
In a statement Monday, ESPN said it would "continue to have a constructive dialogue" with Smith and that his statements did not reflect the company's point of view. In an email to For The Win, ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said he "couldn't say definitively" whether there was a similar dialogue after Smith's 2012 statement.
(Thanks to Deadspin for bringing this to our attention)