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.