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Kellerman Suspended By ESPN for Controversial Comment

By Keith Idec

ESPN has suspended Max Kellerman for admitting on one of the company’s radio shows that he once hit his wife before they were married, according to a report on the New York Daily News’ website Friday night.

The 41-year-old Kellerman, also a boxing analyst for HBO Sports, reportedly made the remark Monday as a guest on the “Mason & Ireland Show,” which leads into the Los Angeles-based afternoon drive show Kellerman hosts along with former NFL defensive end Marcellus Wiley on ESPNLA (710 AM). According to a story written by Daily News TV/radio columnist Bob Raissman, Kellerman mentioned that he and his wife, Erin, slapped each other when both were intoxicated during a party years before they were married.

In addition to his radio show, Kellerman also is a co-host of “SportsNation” on ESPN, along with Wiley and Michelle Beadle. Kellerman became the second ESPN host in two weeks to be suspended for controversial comments made in relation to the NFL’s two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was arrested for striking his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in February at an Atlantic City hotel.

Stephen A. Smith served his suspension, but participated in his last broadcast on ESPN New York (98.7FM) on Friday afternoon. Smith will begin a new show on Chris “Mad Dog” Russo’s SiriusXM satellite station on Sept. 2.

To read the New York Daily News’ story on Kellerman, click here: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/espn-suspends-max-kellerman-inappropriate-conversation-domestic-violence-article-1.1897365

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LA_2_Vegas on 08-09-2014

[QUOTE=Ratchet;14838396]They're not suspending him because of the story; they're suspending him because they told him not to talk about the Rice-Domestic Violence incident and he did it anyway. After all the blow-back they received from Stephen A. Smith's comments, I…

Comment by LA_2_Vegas on 08-09-2014

Well, this is what happens when a supposed news outlet continually drifts and drifts further into opinion shows and editorials. It's basically like dudes shooting the sh*t all day now and there are at least 10 talking heads a day…

Comment by billeau2 on 08-09-2014

[QUOTE=Acapulco Gold;14838832]I was talking about the comments in this thread idiot. Did you see me write something about Kellerman or ESPN? [B]And I don't live in your country[/B].[/QUOTE] I know thats why I was explaining the first amendment to you.…

Comment by Infamous on 08-09-2014

[QUOTE=champion4ever;14838418]This is not cool. Almost all boxing fans on NSB mostly the Floyd haters; Excoriate him mercilessly for his propensity towards violence against women. However, when it's comes to one of their heroes like Max Kellerman, Ben Roethlisberger, Stone Cold…

Comment by theface07 on 08-09-2014

It all comes down to censorship and bad PR for the company. If you say something controversial there's a chance you could offend one of the many groups of people/viewers who are easily offended and thus may lose some viewers…

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