Video: Stephen A. Smith Says ‘N’ Word On Air, Claims It Didn’t Happen
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(WSCR) There are certain words you just can’t say on TV – no matter who you are.
During this morning’s edition of First Take, Stephen A. Smith was discussing whether or not Kobe Bryant will play in the Lakers season-opener.
“He’ll be just fine,” Smith said. “Opening night, Kobe Bryant is going to miss it because (his) foot is sprained? Are ya’ll crazy? N**** please.”
Smith, however, is denying saying the ‘N’ word.
“I’m a New Yorker. I speak very, very fastly. … Sometimes my words are misconstrued and I get that,” Smith said in an explanation aired hours later.
Apparently, the brass at ESPN have decided not to suspend the analyst for his on-air incident. It should be noted this is the same network that suspended a Sportscenter host for saying “chink in his armor” when talking about Jeremy Lin earlier this year.
Check out the First Take video and Smith’s subsequent explanation below.