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ESPN suspends Max Kellerman for Ray Rice-related comments

ESPN has suspended broadcaster Max Kellerman for his comments related to Ravens running back Ray Rice and domestic violence, according to the New York Daily News.

Kellerman acknowledged hitting his girlfriend several years ago during a radio interview, according to the Daily News. During a radio appearance, Kellerman said he and his then-girlfriend, whom he later married, had too much to drink at a party and slapped each other. Kellerman emphasized that he and his wife have been happily married for the past two decades.

ESPN would not confirm the suspension; in a statement issued Friday, it said Kellerman would return to ESPN-LA Radio and "SportsNation" on Thursday.

The network suspended television analyst Stephen A. Smith for a week last month after he suggested that women need to be careful not to "provoke" domestic violence incidents. Smith apologized for his comments and called them the biggest mistake of his career.

Rice and his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, who's now his wife, were involved in a physical altercation with each other in February at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Rice was accepted into a pretrial diversion program by prosecutors and was suspended by the NFL for two games for violating its personal-conduct policy. Rice has apologized for the incident and said it was an isolated incident of domestic violence.

Kellerman is a co-host of ESPN-Los Angeles Radio and "SportsNation" as well as an HBO Sports boxing analyst.

According to the Daily News, Kellerman didn't follow an ESPN warning to hosts to be extremely cautious about their comments about Rice after Smith's comments and subsquent suspension.

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