Stephen A. Smith MIGHT Drive Listeners To His Sirius/XM Radio Show By Suggesting Chip Kelly MAY Be Racist
His plan might be this simple: Go on TV, say something crazy, create controversy, dare people to call into his Sirius/XM radio show immediately afterwards, grab ratings. It's like a bartender spitting in your beer and then trying to sell you some of the fresh cans he's got out in his truck. Stephen A. Smith might be doing this with his hot takes on the racial preferences of NFL coaches. Maybe.
But we don't know for a fact.
In case you missed it, Stephen A. Smith floated the idea that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has been making roster moves based on players' race, or at least he could be, because LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are good at football but not on the team anymore, while Riley Cooper -- who isn't that good at football and capable of shouting racial slurs in public -- is still there. Smith connected the dots and concluded that he and others are questioning Kelly's logic in all this.
Smith: "Chip Kelly has made some decisions over the years that THAT DARE I SAY LEAVE A FEW BROTHERS FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE. WE’RE SITTING THERE LOOKING AT SOME OF THE DECISIONS THAT CHIP KELLY MAKES AND I’M LIKE, WHAT IS — WHAT’S UP WITH THAT? YOU GOT TO BE HIS KIND OF GUY, YOU KNOW, AND I’M LIKE, COOPER IS YOUR KIND OF GUY?"
"I’M NOT SAYING I KNOW BUT I’M JUST GOING TO SAY IT DOES STRIKE ME AS A TAD BIT ODD. I’M GOING TO REPEAT THIS. GONE, LESEAN MCCOY, JEREMY MACLIN, YOU KNOW, DESEAN JACKSON. STAYING, COOPER. REALLY? REALLY?"
There is an undeniable racial subtext to what he is saying here -- even if he admittedly doesn't know if it's actually true. Why would someone keep a racist on his team but cut/trade/not re-sign the better players who happen to be black? Why? Answer: Because he's racist. That's the question being asked here. Is Chip Kelly racist based on some pretty flimsy logic.
This is an insane thing for even Stephen A. to speculate on live television. There's no question about that. But does he cross a line by suggesting someone might be racist in order to drive listeners to his radio show? Is Smith unfairly using/abusing "the race card" for his own financial gain?
We don't know for sure, we're just uncomfortable about it, that's all.
Here's what we're talking about. Smith hits Twitter as soon as he's done question Chip Kelly's character at First Take, challenging people to call into his show to argue over his controversial statements. The thing is, Smith prefaced his rant today by saying, "This is going to be controversial." Dude knows he's crossing a line and then pretends like anyone who dissents is "talking nonsense."
I C some idiots on my page talking nonsense. The place to find me is SiriusXM @MadDogRadio, Channel 85 at 1pm. 888.Maddog6. Nobody's hiding.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) March 9, 2015
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) March 9, 2015
He sure seems proud of his racket. He gets to make salacious, unsubstantiated speculations about a public figure, then "explain exactly what I meant about my comments in regards to Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles" at his other job. Ratings abound.
The thing is, we don't need to hear an explanation for comments that were made explicitly for the purpose of being explained. You don't get a medal for putting out a fire you started. No one cares. You put it out there, we all heard you. You admitted what you said about Chip Kelly was "controversial" and that you "didn't know" if it was true. Your explanation is unnecessary -- especially if you end up pretending like you never said the stuff you said.
That's not even an explanation.
"I did not call Chip Kelly a racist," he said today during his radio show today. "What I said was, to be specific and accurate and precise, is that I'm very uncomfortable with what I'm seeing with Chip Kelly."
"The reason I did not elaborate on it is because I do not know."
On First Take, Smith continually used the word "brothers" when referring to the people who are "uncomfortable" with Chip Kelly's decision to cut ties with several black players but keep Riley Cooper, whose claim to fame is shouting the word "nigger" at a concert.
"I'm going to repeat this. Gone: LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson. Staying: Riley Cooper," he said this morning. "Cooper is your kind of guy?"
Apparently he wasn't insinuating anything because he doesn't know anything about the thing he was insinuating. But he's still "uncomfortable" with something of which he will not name because, once again, he doesn't know. Here's a question, Stephen A.: If you don't know anything about Chip Kelly's racial preferences, why comment on it in the first place?
Oh ya, ratings. Duh.
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