Whoopi Goldberg supports Stephen A. Smith domestic violence statement

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Whoopi Goldberg waded straight into a major controversy on Monday (July 28) when she supported her interpretation of ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith's comments on domestic violence.

The "View" host made that clear during her show when she said, "You have to learn you can't hit anyone without expecting to be hit in return." Goldberg was referring to Smith's rant on NFL player Ray Rice's two-game suspension because of domestic abuse issues. On Friday (July 25), Smith made comments on ESPN2's "First Take" that many have interpreted as meaning that women shouldn't provoke men to domestic violence.

That rant is seen in the video above. The controversy comes from individual sentences within a convoluted explanation for his stance on domestic abuse.

"We know you have no business putting your hands on a woman ... Let's make sure we don't do anything to provoke wrong actions ... Now you got some dudes that are just horrible and they're going to do it anyway, and there's never an excuse to put your hands on a woman. But domestic violence or whatever the case may be, with men putting their hands on women, is obviously a very real, real issue in our society. And I think that just talking about what guys shouldn't do, we got to also make sure that you can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to try to make sure it doesn't happen."

Smith later took to his Twitter page to attempt to clarify the above statements and has apologized on ESPN2 for his "failure to clearly articulate" his position on domestic violence.

Photo/Video credit: Getty Images, ESPN2