The link might not work for some of you, so here's the full text:

My series of tweets a short time ago is not an adequate way to capture my thoughts so I am using a single tweet via Twitlonger to more appropriately and effectively clarify my remarks from earlier today about the Ray Rice situation. I completely recognize the sensitivity of the issues and the confusion and disgust that my comments caused. First off, as I said earlier and I want to reiterate strongly, it is never OK to put your hands on a women. Ever. I understand why that important point was lost in my other comments, which did not come out as I intended. I want to state very clearly. I do NOT believe a woman provokes the horrible domestic abuses that are sadly such a major problem in our society. I wasn't trying to say that or even imply it when I was discussing my own personal upbringing and the important role the women in my family have played in my life. I understand why my comments could be taken another way. I should have done a better job articulating my thoughts and I sincerely apologize.


OK, that's something of an apology. But it's probably bullshit. After all, this is far from the first time Smith has expressed similar opinions.

Back in 2012, then-Miami Dolphins receiver Chad Johnson was accused of headbutting his then-wife, Evelyn Lozada. Smith and Bayless embraced debate on the topic over several episodes of First Take. See if Smith's thoughts, as captured in the compilation below, don't sound familiar:


The whole thing is, in its way, worth watching, but the gist of Smith's argument is captured in the following riff, from Aug. 15, 2012:

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. 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?


ESPN has repeatedly declined requests for comment.