ESPN Suspends Max Kellerman Over Domestic Violence Commentary
August 11, 2014 at 3:59 AM (PT)
Another ESPN host has been suspended for comments arising from the RAY RICE domestic violence suspension incident, this time ESPN Sports KSPN-A (ESPN L.A. 710 AM)/LOS ANGELES afternoon "MAX AND MARCELLUS" co-host and ESPN2 "SPORTSNATION" co-host MAX KELLERMAN, who was suspended for a week for saying that he had hit his wife when they were still dating and drunk at a college party.
The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS reports that KELLERMAN, appearing in a crossover on STEVE MASON and JOHN IRELAND's show last MONDAY, said that he and then-girlfriend, now-wife ERIN were at a college party and had too much to drink, and when she slapped him, he slapped her back. The couple has been married for 20 years.
The remarks ran afoul of a network-wide edict to "measure and consider" commentary about the RICE case, sources told the DAILY NEWS' BOB RAISSMAN. Before the latest incident, STEPHEN A. SMITH was suspended for his remarks about domestic violence, which drew sharp words from MICHELLE BEADLE, KELLERMAN's co-host on "SPORTSNATION."