After investing considerable time and effort into promoting his memoir, “Straight Shooter,” Stephen A. Smith was frustrated to encounter allegations that the book is a fabrication.
Throughout the past year, Smith embarked on an extensive media tour to promote his memoir. Recently, rumors have circulated about the veracity of some of the book’s content, likely sparked by a column written by Jason Whitlock for The Blaze, titled, “Does Katt Williams’ interview expose Stephen A. Smith as a fraud?”
“Some people are lying and actually putting out there that I didn’t write my book,” Smith stated emphatically. “I can assure you, so help me God, I wrote my book. It’s my memoir. It’s my life story. I wasn’t leaving that in the hands of other people. So, people who say that, it’s just lies.”
Smith’s co-hosts on “First Take,” Molly Qerim and Shannon Sharpe, swiftly defended the ESPN star, asserting that he shouldn’t be bothered by critics and is “better than that.”
“I know exactly who you’re talking about,” Sharpe said. “Why does it bother him? You’re not gonna buy the book, you’re not gonna read the book, so why do you care?”
Assuming Sharpe is referring to Whitlock, Smith’s former ESPN colleague, Whitlock claimed in his column that he did read the book and cited discrepancies in Smith’s high school and college basketball career, attempting to challenge their accuracy. Following Katt Williams’ recent critique of the entertainment industry on Shannon Sharpe’s podcast, Whitlock labeled Smith as a “gimmick” and argued that Smith’s memoir raises more questions than answers.
Now, Stephen A. Smith is hinting at addressing the situation on his upcoming show, expressing his intent to speak his mind about Whitlock.
“Today is the day I finally speak my mind about that no good fat bastard. You know who I’m talking about. Recording now. You will want to see this.”
The two had a public feud a few months ago, with Smith referring to Whitlock as a “fat b******.” Whitlock, in response, delved into the factors that led Smith to become the face of ESPN, expressing interest in Smith’s journalistic skills and his rise to prominence in sports media.
Smith may use his podcast to address his critics and possibly defend his high school and college basketball statistics, similar to how Skip Bayless has defended his own playing career. However, Smith’s prominence at ESPN is primarily due to his entertainment value, which consistently captivates audiences.