- ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith mocked Team USA for losing to Nigeria with players whose name he couldn’t pronounce
- Nigeria’s social media account called out Stephen A. after the team beat Argentina by 23 points
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Stephen A. Smith annoyed several people with some of his comments during the latest episode of ‘First Take’.
On Monday, Smith made some offensive comments about MLB all-star Shohei Ohtani when he said Ohtani was “hurting the game” by using an interpreter.
Stephen A. Smith says Shohei Ohtani needing an interpreter "contributes to harming" baseball 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/2J5jRGartx
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) July 12, 2021
“The fact that you got a foreign player that doesn’t speak English, that needs an interpreter, believe it or not, I think contributes to harming the game to some degree, when that’s your box-office appeal,”
“When you talk about an audience, gravitating to the tube, or to the ballpark to actually watch you, I don’t think it helps that the No. 1 face … needs an interpreter to understand what the hell he’s saying,
During the same episode, Smith mocked Team USA for losing to players from Nigeria whose name he couldn’t pronounce.
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) July 12, 2021
“There’s no excuse to lose to Nigeria… [To lose to] some dude Gabe Nnamdi, who goes by Gabe Vincent and plays for the Miami Heat. Or Caleb Agada. Or Nma… however the hell you pronounce his name,” “You give up 60 points on 3’s? Excuse me, you can do better than that.”
The Nigerian basketball team saw Smith’s comments and blasted him after the team beat highly ranked Argentina in an exhibition game on Monday night days after beating Team USA.
We don’t subtweet. So yes we are talking to you @stephenasmith
— D’Tigers | Nigeria Basketball (@NigeriaBasket) July 12, 2021
You can lament your loss without slandering the players who gave blood and sweet to grind out a win
Put some respect to their names https://t.co/BOZ6dwHGph
— #NBBF (@nbbfonline) July 12, 2021
Update: Players on the team are responding to Stephen A’s comments.
Stephen A offended Ohtani and Nigeria. In his apology to Ohtani, he identified as “African American”. Don’t claim the culture if U want to disrespect it. If U can say Krzyzewski, U can say Agada. Unprofessional, period… https://t.co/NswnX8wE73
— Jordan Nwora (@JordanNwora) July 13, 2021
— Ike Nwamu (@ike_nwamu) July 12, 2021
You can critique the other team without disrespecting us. Put some respect on the flag and the mother land! Don’t forget where your ancestors came from !!!! 🇳🇬😁 https://t.co/d7B1lK0nLW
— Josh Okogie (@CallMe_NonStop) July 12, 2021
Most disrespectful thing I’ve heard in a while. @stephenasmith is violating over 200 million 🇳🇬’s with statements like this. Those 3 men that he mentioned worked way to hard to be dismissed like that. Say our names properly or don’t say them at all. https://t.co/ybaHJohJmq
— Stan Okoye (@StanOkoye_) July 12, 2021