Stephen A. Smith is not mincing words anymore when it comes to his dislike for Jason Whitlock.
After refraining from mentioning Whitlock by name for several weeks, Smith unleashed nothing but vitriol as he revealed his uttered disgust for the right-wing commentator during an episode of his podcast, “Stephen A. Smith Show” on Wednesday (Jan.10).
In the trailer for the episode, Smith warned that he wanted all the smoke with Whitlock.
“I'm only going to do it once,” Smith wrote. “Whitlock wanted my attention. He's got it.”
From the outset of the episode, the ESPN First Take host let it be known that he wasn’t playing any games Whitlock who hosts a show on Blaze TV said that he asked his pastor “for his forgiveness and understanding” in advance calling Whilock “a fat bastard” several times during the episode.
“I mean it from my soul when I say this is the worst human being I’ve ever known,” Smith said. “I don’t know of another human being worse than Jason Whitlock. He is a piece of sh*t. He’s the dude that’s going to have a funeral and ain’t going to be no pallbearers.”
Also, Smith referenced a that detailed numerous Black sports journalists at ESPN including Jemele Hill, Howard Bryant, and Chris Broussard who refused to work with Whitlock when he led the Undefeated, now Andscape.
“While you were on BlazeTV, spewing that bullsh*t to people, did you tell ’em that? Did you tell ’em how you stood outside of ‘First Take’ begging me to talk to you?” Smith said. “Did you tell them that once this same article in Deadspin came out, weeks later, you wrote a lengthy apology to me in an email begging me to forgive you? Pointing out how you were betrayed by this particular writer so you know how I must feel that you betrayed me? Did you tell the folks that? You b*tch. Did you tell ’em? You fat piece of sh*t.”
Hill, Smith’s former ESPN colleague, who currently writes for The Atlantic, backed everything Smith said about Whitlock’s failed tenure at Black Grantland.
“Stephen A Smith told the truth,” she said on X. “Ole Boy tried to recruit a bunch of us to do some work for what was then the Undefeated and we did not want to work with him.”
Stan Verrett, current co-anchor of Sportscenter LA, also shared that he would not work with Whitlock.
“He was planning a feature on the Undefeated called “open look” where any of us could write commentaries,” Verrett wrote. “We spoke about it walking on Olympic Blvd one day. Once I saw how dysfunctional the whole enterprise was, I passed on being involved.”
Later during the rant, Smith said that Whitlock is “worse than a white supremacist.”
“You see what he does is, he’s the one that puts himself in front of white folks,” Smith argued. “The white folks, not all white folks, not most white folks, but the white folks that dare we say may have a problem with black folks.”
“He says ‘I’m your man.’ That’s what he does. You think I’m lying? Ask ESPN. Ask Fox. Ask the Kansas City Star. Ask them all, “ Smith continued. “I could not imagine, as a black man, knowing our history, anything worse than a white supremacist. That is until Jason Whitlock came along. He’s worse than them. He is the worst, most despicable, lying, no-good, fat-ass human being I have ever known in my life.”
The feud between the two sports commentators stems from Whitlock saying that Smith lied and exaggerated about his life and college basketball career in his book Straight Shooter: A Memoir of Second Chances and First Takes. the Whitlock went as far as to call his former colleague an industry plant and dubbed him “Stephen A. Myth”
“Smith is a plant. Disney and ESPN installed Smith at the top of sports media because his inadequacies as a journalist make him easy to control,” Whitlock wrote on The Blaze.
After Smith’s tirade went viral, Whitlock took to X to share his response.
“I knew Stephen A was limited. I didn’t know he was this limited,” Whitlock wrote in a post. “I’m starting to feel sorry for him. I beat up a baby seal.”
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