ESPN First Take commentator Stephen A. Smith was on “Hannity” tonight to weigh in on the horrifying video which shows running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée, then dragging her out of an elevator.

Smith was previously criticized for his comments about the altercation and domestic violence. He had said, in part, “Let's make sure we don't do anything to provoke wrong action.”


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Smith told Sean Hannity that Rice – who is indefinitely suspended from the NFL – deserves his punishment.

“I’ve never put my hands on a woman, never would. When I think about Ray Rice and what he has suffered today, he deserves the punishment that has been handed down. That video was very alarming,” he said.


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Smith said that you have to be a “real straight up punk as a man” to hit a woman.

“But you also have to recognize that there are some men out there who will do that anyway, and that’s why they have to be dealt with, and they have to be dealt with harshly,” he said.