Stephen A. Smith recently made some pointed indirect remarks about another individual in the sports media industry, though it’s not too challenging to discern the intended target.
On the October 11th episode of “The Stephen A. Smith Show,” Smith discussed the situation involving Marcellus Wiley, who accused Smith of being a significant factor in pushing out his former “First Take” partner from ESPN, largely due to his surprise at Kellerman’s intellect.
Smith commented, “The only thing that I would say to [Wiley] is ‘bro, really? A Black man is scared of the intelligence of a white dude, really?’ In the year 2023, we’re going to say something like that?”
Smith proceeded to express his respect for the former NFL player, noting his willingness to address Wiley’s comments. However, he also hinted at another person, whom he chose to leave unnamed, and made strong indirect critiques directed at this individual.
“I think he’s a fat, no-good bastard who I despise to the core,” Smith asserted.
To avoid any confusion, Smith clarified that he wasn’t referring to Wiley or his “former colleague at ‘First Take,'” who is presumably Kellerman.
“They are not overweight individuals with malicious intentions, wishing harm upon the Black community,” Smith clarified. “But I’ll reserve that discussion for another time, for a more opportune moment.”
While Smith didn’t explicitly name the individual he was addressing, he suggested that it wouldn’t be difficult to identify them. Many in the comments section pointed towards another figure in sports media, Jason Whitlock, as the likely target of Smith’s comments.
Whitlock, known for promoting conservative viewpoints in the sports media realm, previously indicated on his show “Fearless” about his intention to “expose” Smith’s new colleague, Shannon Sharpe, regarding his conduct at FS1.
“Shannon Sharpe needs to cut it out. I know what happened at FS1. And if Shannon and Stephen A. continue pushing this agenda, I’m going to reveal everything I know. And I’m privy to it all,” Whitlock had stated.
Sharpe left FS1’s “Undisputed” in June and subsequently joined Smith on “First Take.” Sharpe had conveyed feelings of disrespect during his tenure at FS1, which was a major factor behind his departure.