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Why Stephen A. Smith’s Apology to Shohei Ohtani Is Trash

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Apologies are for accidents.

If somebody steps in your foot as a result of they didn’t see it, then they need to apologize for that mistake.

Apologies usually are not for assholes. Stephen A. Smith is an asshole.

And he’s been doing his entire asshole bit for fairly some time now.

On Monday, ESPN’s personal George Jefferson took to First Take to assert {that a} Japanese-born celebrity who’s actually the closest factor to Babe Ruth that America has seen (and you know the way America is about Babe Ruth) couldn’t be the face of the league as a result of he doesn’t communicate English.

“I don’t suppose it helps that the primary face, is a dude that wants an interpreter so you’ll be able to perceive what the hell he’s saying, in THIS COUNTRY,” Jefferson stated, Mediaite reviews. As a substitute of apologizing instantly after realizing what he’d simply stated, Smith doubled down on that dumbass xenophobic bullshit in a video I wish to name “WTF is incorrect with Stephen A. Smith?”

I’m positive after just a few calls with ESPN brass, Smith, the best paid analyst on the community, modified his tune and issued a social media apology after which took to First Tackle Tuesday to difficulty one other apology.

“Let me be the primary to face up and say that I need to specific my honest apologies to the Asian neighborhood and the Asian-American neighborhood,” Smith stated. “I’m a Black man. I religiously go off about minorities being marginalized on this nation. I immediately go off, repeatedly carry up the truth that in case you are a member of a neighborhood that feels disenfranchised in any approach, that’s one thing we have to battle, we have to fend off to the perfect of our potential as a nation.”

See and that is the place I’ve an issue. First off, Smith is correct; he’s a Black man, however that doesn’t absolve him from having white American sensibilities. Simply see his cohort in unhealthy takes, Jason Whitlock, arguably the Blackest white man not named…wait, nope, Jason Whitlock is the Blackest white man. If Smith was really on the facet of righteousness he would’ve identified that ending his xenophobic rant with “IN THIS COUNTRY” was the icing on the “how dare you come to this nation and never study the language!” Americana that Trump of us wade in.

However I don’t need to name Smith’s apology trash with out explaining precisely why I really feel this fashion. Smith stated that shit. He additionally had an opportunity on his personal to apologize when he discovered that his phrases have been hurtful. As a substitute of apologizing, Smith did a full on “Let me mansplain my xenophobia.”

Which means none of this—Smith’s social media apology nor his apology on First Take—was real as each probably got here from up excessive. When left to his personal gadgets, Smith stated what he stated. When he realized that his phrases have been hurtful, he doubled down, and solely after this did he begin his apology tour.

So I’m not shopping for it. Let me repeat: Smith is ESPN’s highest paid analyst and when he’s not doing the entire “let me take Black folks to job” bit, he wades in Whitlockian waters solely apologizing when compelled to bend the knee.


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