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Stephen A. Smith says “nigga, please” on air (video)

First of all, ESPN2′s “First Take” is such a joke of a sports program. Actually, most of ESPN’s programming as a whole is a joke, so I’m not sure why we mentioned that. But, Stephen A. Smith’s addition to the show just adds to the clown car feel.

Stephen A. Smith shouldn’t be a sports analyst for a variety of reasons. Most notably, we just don’t think he knows that much about sports. If basketball is his expertise, then he really should know more about it. But, this clip just goes to show why he shouldn’t be likened to a “journalist,” even though he used to be a decent one.

While talking about Kobe Bryant and his sprained foot, Stephen A. gets exasperated at the thought of Kobe missing opening night. To express said exasperation and to let his colleagues know that he thinks it utter folly, he says the phrase, “nigga, please!”

Yes, that came out of the mouth of someone who considers himself a journalist. Watch here:

Just to be clear, while we really don’t care for the use of this word even in that form (without the r) and even when spoken by a black person, that is not our main issue here. The bigger problem is that phrase is low-level street slang and has no business in a journalistic forum.

For the record: Stephen A. is denying that that’s what he said.

Comments ( 1 )

  • Dane Dunnum

    Stephen A…is normally quite on point. Although I didn’t hear ‘nigga”, sounded more like ‘igga’..maybe because it was said so fast, I certainly don’t condone the word, ‘Nigga’ being said, but I’ve heard Caucasian/albinos say the word ‘nigger’ and still kept their jobs or status. Stephen A. Is definitely a credible journalist and is usually quite eloquent, articulate and blunt. It’s quite possible that you’re not much of a journalist/writer yourself, Micah “we just don’t think…”, well Micah we, don’t happen to share your opinion of Stephen A. You may have an ax to grind, you may not, but if you’re going to hate, hate hard!
    I’d be curious to know you nationality, Micah. You sound a bit incompetent yourself.

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