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J.R. Smith has been in a pretty ugly back-and-forth war of words with Big Ten Network reporter Olivia Harlan Dekker over what Smith had to say about her husband, a former teammate of Smith, on Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson’s podcast. Smith went on a bizarre rant that including a vague reference to Sam Dekker being unable to use the n-word.
“Throughout my whole career, there’s only one teammate I don’t like,” Smith said while appearing on the “All Things Covered” podcast. “He know that. Everybody else I’m cool with. Man, this dude Sam Dekker. This dude. He said some bulls–t on the bus one day, talking some Trump s–t. And I just wasn’t having it.”
“The question he asked, it’s a thought pattern. You were taught that. It’s the hate you give. The privilege he has was taught to him, and he took heed of it and run with it even further than somebody … who was oblivious to what they have and the life they lived. Because some people just go through their life not necessarily knowing, but not aware and privy to someone else’s circumstances. He’s a person who’s just very aware of somebody else’s circumstances and want to keep them there, as opposed to try to help him elevate up. And I don’t respect anything about that.”
Harlan Dekker wasn’t having it from Smith, tweeting “JR… he doesn’t say that word. I’ve never heard him say that word. He’s not a racist or a trump supporter. Simple as that. Not sure what your motive is here.”
Motive? No motive just call it how it’s displayed. An for the record i never said he “used” just tell him why he can’t! https://t.co/ZliSOdZAbX
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) October 27, 2020
Sam Dekker, currently playing basketball in Turkey, has no idea where this Smith outrage comes from. “Well I am just as confused as y’all,” Dekker wrote on a tweet that has since been deleted. “I’m pretty simple, I’ve never been one to get into politics. Especially ‘Trump s—.’ I’ve never been a Trump guy, so this blindsided me.”
And there you have it. J.R. Smith trying to cancel a guy playing basketball in Turkey.