Now before I begin let me make this very clear…Stephen A. Smith is a dear, dear friend. We once enjoyed an intimate beach sunset in Ocean City together hand-in-hand before buying salt water taffy and feeding Alka Seltzer tabs wrapped in curly fries to the seagulls. We’ve bathed together in heterosexual bliss on more than one occasion. I know this man like he were my own flesh and blood. Having said that, there is NO REASON why STEPHEN A. SMITH should be talking hockey on ESPN ever. EVER. This is the producer’s fault. Whoever booked this segment had a Nnamdi Asomugha-like meltdown in mental coverage.
It’s not like this is even Stephen A’s thing. He’s a basketball and football guy. The person who should be most embarrassed here is Sara Walsh who made zero attempt to fulfill her duties as the lone white person on camera and correct the man on his mistake. Stephen A. Smith doesn’t have time to watch hockey; he’s far too busy being dear, dear friends with half of the NBA and making sure his hairline doesn’t slip off the back of his head. No time to study hockey rules. Sara Walsh, on the other hand, should know better.