Last month on First Take, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith was roasted by viewers on Twitter after he mistakenly said that Hunter Henry and Derrick Johnson would each play a key role in an AFC West showdown between the Chargers and Chiefs. Both players had actually been out all season, and neither player in the game. Tedy Bruschi’s quizzical reaction was golden.
Smith had a similar moment on his radio show Friday while previewing the Rams-Saints NFC Championship game. During his daily two-hour radio show, Smith made a point about Saints’ wealth of offensive weapons by praising…. former Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt.
“Drew Brees is a bad brother, but guess what? So is Kareem Hunt. Mark Ingram is no scrub.”
Smith was clearly thinking of Saints running back Alvin Kamara and simply switched the names. For a guy who might be the hardest-working on-camera talent at ESPN, it’s honestly astonishing that this doesn’t happen more often.
Smith is seemingly always on. He frequently appears on Get Up!, ESPN’s daily morning show, and then takes a starring role for two hours on First Take. Later in the day, Smith does radio for another two hours each weekday – and you’ll still often see him popping up on SportsCenter in the evening with a live report on whatever the current biggest story is. He’s going to make mistakes, but given his workload, he doesn’t make many.
Smith was the subject of Twitter ridicule again on Friday night as the clip started to go viral, but he took issue with one user’s demand that he “stick to basketball.”
Stephen A. Smith’s message to a Twitter user who told him to “stick to basketball.”