Stephen A. Smith sorry for FIFA Women’s World Cup ‘hairdo’ comment
ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith is once again apologizing, this time for a comment he made on air about the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
During a rundown of the top 10 list on “SportsCenter” on Thursday night, Smith made a comment during the No. 6 spot, which was a free kick goal scored by Norway against Germany.
Some defending players appeared to turn their heads away as the ball was coming at them.
“They might not have wanted to mess their hairdo,” Smith said.
Those offended by his comment included coworkers, who expressed their displeasure on Twitter.
It seems Smith could feel the backlash the comment generated, so on Friday, he took to Twitter and said he was sorry.
In a statement, ESPN said, “We discussed this with Stephen A. last night and he understands the comments were wrong.”
This is not the first time Smith has apologized for an offensive on-air comment pertaining to women.
Last July, Smith was suspended by ESPN for one week over statements he made that seemed to insinuate women sometimes provoke domestic violence, following the Ray Rice scandal.
Smith apologized, calling the comments the "most egregious error of my career."
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