Stephen A. Smith Goes Off On Kenny Smith’s Letter On Barkley’s Ferguson Comments
During his satellite radio show Thursday, Stephen A. Smith went on a seven-minute rant criticizing Kenny Smith's comments that the media puts too much credence into Charles Barkley's opinions on race when he's not a bonafide civil rights leader.
[FTW] HOWEVER, WHAT I CONSISTENTLY FIND INTERESTING IS HOW WRITERS AND MEDIA MEMBERS VIEW YOUR INSIGHTS IN POLITICS, AND NOW RACE RELATIONS, WITH THE SAME REVERENCE AS YOUR INSIGHTS IN SPORTS.
THEY DID IT IN THE TRAYVON MARTIN TRIAL AND NOW WITH MIKE BROWN AND THE DECISION IN FERGUSON. IT’S NOT THAT YOU SHOULDN’T EVER HAVE AN OPINION, BUT YOU ARE OFTEN QUOTED ALONGSIDE THE LIKES OF AL SHARPTON AND EVEN PRESIDENT OBAMA. I WOULD HOPE THAT SHARPTON OR PRESIDENT OBAMA WOULD NEVER BE REFERENCED WITH YOU WHEN PICKING THE NEXT NBA CHAMPS!
THE BODY OF WORK THAT OUR BLACK CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS PUT IN BY PLANNING, EXECUTING AND ACTIVATING DOES NOT JUSTIFY YOU BEING IN THE COMPARISON. WHILE YOUR BODY OF WORK ON THE COURT VERY FEW COMPARE TO NOR SHOULD BE MENTIONED WHEN YOU ARE GIVING YOUR EXPERT ANALYSIS.
Stephen A. is of the thinking that anyone with the platform Barkley has is obligated to speak their mind as they see fit. Is anyone surprised that S.A.S. is a proponent of talking on TV until someone tells you to shut up?
We didn't think so. The audio clip, below:
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