ESPN has suspended analyst Stephen A. Smith for one week over comments he made that seemed to insinuate women sometimes provoke domestic violence, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Los Angeles Times.
On Tuesday, the sports network released a statement saying Smith would not appear on "First Take" or ESPN Radio until Aug. 6, but did not explain why in the statement.
Smith made the comments last week while discussing the suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who had faced domestic violence charges after his wife was injured in an Atlantic City casino.
ESPN declined to comment further. The NFL has come under fire over Rice's suspension, which was considered light in comparison to the heavy marijuana-related suspensions often handed down to other players.
Smith later apologized for his comments.
Times staff writer James Queally contributed to this report.