Stephen A. Smith Rumors
Stephen A. Smith: In the case of Charles Barkley however, I don’t think he meant it that way at all. I think he was saying he would love to do that, he wishes he was still playing in the same era that a guy like Draymond Green plays in where you’re talking and you get in people’s faces, whatever, and nobody’s there to shut you down. He wasn’t saying that a 50-plus year-old man he’s going to come off of the set of a television and want to fight Draymond Green as a 50-plus year old man. That’s not what Charles Barkley was saying. What he was saying is that he comes from a different generation. And in that generation, what they define as tough guy is different than what he believes they define as tough guys now which is why he said what he said. But Draymond Green in my opinion is no punk in any era. He can hold his own against most. He’s certainly not going to back down against anybody and I don’t think he was wrong to refuse to back down against Barkley.
LaVar Ball: You’re going to have to talk to me because I’ve got three boys and they’ve got all the same agent. So it’s better to be on the good side than the bad side. Like Charles Barkley, he’s been talking crazy. ‘LaVar is a bad father, this and that.’ And I’m just, like, ‘Don’t even talk about Gelo going to China because you’ve been in jail in Arizona. You have kids that you don’t even talk about. You have a daughter nobody knows about.’ A lot of things he’s done bad. I was a fan of Charles because of how hard he played. And now, he’s doing all this talking like Stephen A. Smith.
It was only a couple of hours after Smith took to Twitter to challenge ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith for recent commentary Smith made criticizing the Cavs guard for keeping his hoodie on while he was sitting on the bench. “That’s what I’ve always done,” the Cavs guard said following the Pelicans game when asked whether his choice to keep the hoodie on pregame was an extension of his stand against the ESPN host.
“I mean, that’s ridiculous,” JR Smith said. “Stephen A. said that me wearing my hoodie on the bench makes white people remember Trayvon Martin. For one, they should remember him. Everybody should remember him. But for two, I’ve always worn a hoodie. I used to wear my hoodie in New York. To bring race into that and for me, out of all people, why would you bring me into it? I have nothing to do with it,” JR Smith said. “I could see if you want to critique me on my playing, but don’t do that. That’s ridiculous.”
JR Smith: This man is always reaching. What does me wearing my Hoodie on the bench have anything todo with reminding “white people” of #trayvon. One they shouldn’t forget about him! An 2 how does me out of all 450+ Nba players. Like seriously keep my name out ya mouth. @Stephen A. Smith. You want to talk about me not playing that’s fine but don’t try an put me in something I have nothing todo with. An I’m not the only one!
Michael Beasley took strong exception to Stephen A. Smith for bringing up his past issues with marijuana, and fired back at the ESPN host by calling him “a liar” who has created tales about relationships with players.