Stephen A. Smith Gets Confronted On OKC Radio Station For His History Of Threatening Pro Athletes
"I meant what any other reporter would mean -- we always know more than what we say," Stephen A. Smith told WWLS' "Morning Animals" on Wednesday. "We never just say everything upfront."
Apparently that's supposed to mean Smith has even more evidence regarding the free agency plans of one Kevin Durant, and we're supposed to believe him because he's broken stories in the past (regardless of Kevin Durant's adamant denial of the veracity of Smith's claims about his free agency plans).
Over a week ago, Smith cited unnamed chatter to substantiate his admittedly vague claim that Kevin Durant was "considering" signing with the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the 2015-16 season. Durant responded by saying Smith was making this up, which sent the "First Take" host into a series of didactic rants on the journalistic process, culminating in an open threat to Durant made on the air.
"You do not want to make an enemy out of me," he said into the camera a lá Frank Underwood. Not surprisingly, many took issue to his choice of words/tone. Even less surprisingly, Smith took issue with the media taking issue with his very obvious threat to Kevin Durant, despite his history of holding the possibility of a smear campaign over the heads of his critics.
Just last year, Smith issued this erie warning on then-Philadelphia 76er Michael Carter-Williams after he called out Smith by name in a Players' Tribune post about the media's predatory criticism.
“You’re never going to have the last word over us. And you damn sure ain’t going to have the last word over me. I’m not going to start problems, but I can damn sure finish them. If these guys want to come at me, let them do it at their own peril. It will be a mistake.”
Wednesday morning, Smith continued to defend his comments by citing his 20-year career writing about the NBA -- as if that somehow affords him the right to make very public threats.
"I did hear that if he does not resign with OKC, that the Lakers are a very, very good possibility," he told WWLS.
"Who'd you hear it from though, Stephen?" the host asked. "I could say that you and Skip get in a fist fight in makeup every morning."
Smith's response, below...
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