Stephen A. Smith Makes A Mess

Posted: October 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

On Thursday morning’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith expressed his disbelief that Kobe Bryant would miss time with an injury by saying “****, please.” This was not a thing he should have said on TV, yet he did. It was barely noticeable, but at least one person noticed, uploaded the video, and certain folks began pretending to be up in arms.
There were calls for Smith to apologize and calls for ESPN to suspend him, citing as precedent a SportsCenter anchor’s suspension for saying “chink in the armor” when referring to Jeremy Lin—even while acknowledging that Max Bretos shouldn’t have been punished for that. It became a discussion of race, instead of a TV personality accidentaly using a non-FCC-approved word live on air. If this controversy is about anything, and I’m not so sure it is, it’s surely not about how “most white people are afraid to talk or write about anything involving race for fear of being called a racist.”

Then things got dumber. Later in the day, Smith gave a bizarre half-/non-apology, insisting that the problem is that he speaks “very, very fastly.”



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