ESPN has suspended a popular radio and television personality after he admitted last week on an ESPN radio show that he hit his then-girlfriend, Erin, decades ago. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company suspended Max Kellerman for one week. He and Erin have now been married for 20 years, the story adds.
“Max explained in the story that he and Erin were at a college party and were drunk at the time. Max said that Erin slapped him, and so he slapped her back,” the story reports.
The suspension makes Kellerman the third ESPN personality to receive a suspension in less than two weeks, and the second to receive one due to remarks about domestic violence, the piece adds. Stephen A. Smith received a suspension late last month after making comments that seemed to suggest women are in some respects at fault when they become victims of domestic violence, as previously reported.
“Max Kellerman will return to ESPNLA Radio and ‘SportsNation’ on Thursday,” ESPN said in a statement.
Kellerman co-hosts “Max and Marcellus” with former NFL player Marcellus Wiley on ESPNLA, and is also a boxing commentator for HBO.
In the short period between the suspensions of Smith and Kellerman, another ESPN host, Dan Le Batard, was also suspended, over an incident involving a LeBron James billboard.