Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr., talks about his foundation and its concentration on domestic violence. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
With the Ravens not playing Sunday, wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. won't be able to show off his new cleats this month, which is a shame.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Smith, an outspoken critic of domestic violence in the NFL, custom-ordered a new pair of Under Armour shoes inscribed with the words "Break The SILENCE."
"Enough is ENOUGH," wrote SolesBySir, the custom cleats' designer, on Instagram. "Thank you to [Smith] who gives me the opportunity to paint cleats like this. It has never, and will never be ok in my eyes to resort to violence. Sometimes the hardest thing for someone to do is say Enough is enough. I commend those women who are brave enough to come forward because it's not easy, and to anyone who is scared to, I pray you have the courage one day to understand you don't deserve that no matter what he says."
Smith was inactive for the Ravens' game Sunday against the New York Jets but has been active on social media recently, commenting on domestic violence in light of Giants kicker Josh Brown's admissions of physically abusing his wife.
"You know what if your ex-wife was my daughter yo [butt] would be on IR.... what a shame NFL acts like it cares," he wrote on Sqor Sports.
"I will admit my response was a bit extreme for that I apologize The point I was trying to make things have to change!" he followed. "A Man should NEVER Hit a woman which means he isn't A REAL MAN. We have valued the amount of air in a ball but yet devalued when a person or persons have been harmed and fail to put forth necessary actions or energy and time in which far less important things have taken precedent!"