Max Kellerman has been suspended for a conversation he had on ESPN-LA radio regarding Ray Rice and domestic abuse, according to a report from the New York Daily News.
On Monday’s edition of Mason & Ireland, Kellerman told a story about hitting his girlfriend 20 years ago.
Kellerman, who co-hosts SportsNation in addition to his radio show, recounted a time he went to a college party with his then-girlfriend, Erin, and delivered a retaliatory slap during a confrontation.
Kellerman said they both had to much too drink. He said when he tried getting things under control his then-girlfriend slapped him. Kellerman said he slapped her back. He was quick to tell listeners that the woman is now is his wife and they have been happily married for 20 years.
ESPN did not confirm or deny Kellerman’s suspension. “Max Kellerman will return to ESPNLA Radio and SportsNation on Thursday,” an ESPN spokesman said in a statement.
The network drew scrutiny after Stephen A. Smith’s comments on the Ray Rice incident — which earned him a one-week suspension — ruffled many feathers. Sources suggest Kellerman’s comments came after a warning by management to avoid further trouble on this topic.
Industry sources said while the content of his story was disturbing, the suspension was all about Kellerman, who once worked for ESPN New York Radio, not adhering to ESPN brass’ warning concerning the Rice topic being a highly sensitive one. “My understanding is that it was part of a larger conversation ESPN had with all its on-air people,” a radio industry source said. “Kellerman obviously didn’t pay attention.”