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UPDATE: Stephen A. Smith just made it worse.
I don’t believe in cancel culture at all, but using your race as a shield against criticism perfectly encapsulates @espn’s failed speech standards. Instead of a consistent standard for all, ESPN has different standards based on the race of the speaker. https://t.co/bPhg2YASgZ— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) July 12, 2021
I'm sincerely sorry. pic.twitter.com/pANjWTrD4X— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 12, 2021
Stephen A. Smith is no stranger to grabbing the headlines with outrageous takes, but today’s remarks about Angels’ star Shohei Ohtani were next level asinine.
ESPN bloviator Stephen A. Smith fired up the Shohei Ohtani hot take Keno machine and landed on a wild take Monday morning where he explained that Major League Baseball has a real problem on its hands because the “No. 1 dude needs an interpreter so you can understand what the hell he’s saying in this country.” Now imagine Curt Schilling saying that. Imagine the uproar. Every single ESPN blue checkmark across the World Wide Leader would be calling for Schilling’s head five minutes after he said it. The Sarah Spains of the world would be so outraged that they would lead protests until Schilling was fired. Her phone would’ve been LIT with all of her blue checkmark girlfriends saying how they need to lead a revolution until this kind of nonsense is expunged from the network. https://twitter.com/ArashMarkazi/status/1414645250581090304 Meanwhile, Spain is silent. Her woke ESPN coworkers are silent. Katie Nolan’s been silent the last 20 hours. She’s off spending her millions. Maria Taylor’s off trying to figure out how to get $8 million out of ESPN. Rachel Nichols has been silent since July 6 with her own problems. Justice warrior Stan Verrett has had nothing to say here. Elle Duncan has nothing. Domonique Foxworth is silent. You get the picture here. Let’s see how the wokes and the blue checkmarks handle this business. The likely outcome here is that they’ll stay silent because the more money Stephen A. makes, the more money they can ask for in contract negotiations. Now, let’s hear Ohtani speak English back in 2019. Skip to the 3:04 mark. You make the call: Is this really a problem for Major League Baseball? https://twitter.com/Angels/status/1089378135219396608 Now let’s hear Screamin’ A. double down on Ohtani not being marketable because he can’t speak English, yet we just heard him speak English: https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/status/1414661475373920267 Keep in mind how Ohtani’s going to help grow the game over the next two nights. Does he really need to speak English when this is what he’s giving to the sport? You know who’s a problem for baseball? The moron commissioner who doesn’t even like the game. https://twitter.com/AlexOnaindia/status/1414670825127546882 https://twitter.com/ESPNPlus/status/1412522096136237067