Stephen A. Smith has gotten into a war of the words with NBA players before — most notoriously Kevin Durant last year.
But this past weekend, the ESPN First Take personality managed to draw the ire of none other than J.R. Smith.
The point of the Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard's contention? A comment Stephen A. made last week on his ESPN radio show over J.R. rocking a Nike hoodie on the bench and how the image could evoke memories of Trayvon Martin.
“In Game 1, when they played against Boston, J.R. Smith was sitting on that bench with a hoodie on,” Stephen A. said on his radio show last week, as reported by ESPN.com. “I don’t know why the hell Nike made these damn uniforms that had hoods attached to it, by the way. You got a lot of white folks in the audience that are gonna think this is Trayvon Martin being revisited, and I’m not joking about it. The bench is no place for someone to be wearing hoodies."
J.R. wasn't feeling Stephen A.'s remarks at all and took to his Twitter account Saturday to thoroughly drag the ESPN personality as the two went back and forth on Twitter over the course of the day.
Here's some of their back-and-forth Twitter exchange and Stephen A.'s response to J.R.'s clapback on First Take this morning. J.R. really called him an "#UncleTom to the fullest." Ouch!
Were you feeling what the ESPN personality had to say about the Nike hoodies or was this a severe reach?
DAMN! Do you agree with him when he asks, "What does me wearing my hoodie on the bench have anything to do with reminding 'white people'?"
The Cavs are firing shots at Stephen A.
But all that did was set J.R. off more.
Well damn! That escalated quickly, didn't it?
He said maybe J.R. should be wearing the hoodie to "hide" from his sub-par play, which includes him shooting a dreadful 25.9 percent from the field early into this year.
When it comes to this back-and-forth argument between Stephen A. Smith and J.R. Smith, who's right?
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