He is one of my favorite sports anchors...one of the most outspoken. But he won't be heard from for the next week.

ESPN is giving Stephen A. Smith a little timeout.

The “First Take” host will be off the air until next Wednesday following his comments Friday about a women’s responsibility not to “provoke” domestic violence, while discussing the NFL’s two-game suspension of Ray Rice.

“ESPN announced today that Stephen A. Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for the next week. He will return to ESPN next Wednesday,” network spokesman Josh Krulewitz told media outlets in a statement.

ESPN did not term Smith’s time off as a suspension, but regardless he won’t be heard from over the next week.

Smith said his statements were poorly phrased and misinterpreted.