ESPN has suspended its host Max Kellerman after he discussed the suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. During a conversation on ESPN-LA Radio on Monday, August 4, he also shared his own experience that he hit his then girlfriend Erin, who is now his wife, when they were at a college party and were drunk at the time. The couple has now been happily married for 20 years.
The sports new channel did not confirm nor deny Kellerman's suspension. In a statement issued on Friday afternoon, an ESPN spokesman said, "Max Kellerman will return to ESPN-LA Radio and 'SportsNation' on Thursday."
Sources, however, say it's not Kellerman's personal story that led to the suspension, but it's because Kellerman did not adhere to ESPN guidance on discussing the Rice case. "My understanding is that it was part of a larger conversation ESPN had with all its on-air people," a radio industry source told the Daily News. "Kellerman obviously didn't pay attention."
Another ESPN host, Stephen A. Smith, landed a week-long suspension on July 29 after making comments about the Rice case.
Rice himself was suspended for two games by the NFL in July following his arrest after allegedly striking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in February.