Stephen A. Smith will be back on the air for his normally scheduled appearances after his comments about Ray Rice's suspension for assaulting his then-fiancee sparked a whirlwind of controversy on Friday.

"There has been a lot of discussion and reflection on the topic since Friday and it will continue. Stephen A. Smith plans to address the situation on Monday's First Take and we will have more to say on Monday as well," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz wrote to For The Win in an email Sunday afternoon.

In his appearance on First Take on Friday, Smith went on a rant that was interpreted by many to mean that women are sometimes to blame for domestic violence. The statements sparked instant reaction across social media, including from Smith's ESPN co-worker Michelle Beadle.

Smith later took to Twitter and apologized in a rambling series of tweets. Hours later, he issued another statement via Twitter.

"I understand why my comments could be taken another way," he posted. "I should have done a better job articulating my thoughts and I sincerely apologize."

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