Stephen A. Smith is no stranger to controversy. His words often see him on the receiving end of backlash, whether from fellow media members or fans. In one of the oddest (and funniest) exchanges you’ll ever see; Smith was asked about this weekend’s tilt between the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers. As you can imagine, his response has now gone viral on all social media platforms.
While sharing his opinion on the ESPN segment, “Molly’s Deal,” Smith stated that the Raiders will win Sunday’s matchup. That’s cool. Unfortunately, prior to that, Smith’s math skills came into question. When asked which AFC West squad would score the most points this weekend, his emphatic answer was the Chargers. Fair enough, Stephen. The exchange that followed was, well… I’ll leave that up to you.
Smith: I’m going to go with the Chargers. Justin Herbert, (Mike) Williams, Keith (Keenan) Allen, nobody is stopping that offense.
Who are you backing to win this game?
Smith: I don’t know, I’m going to go with the Raiders.
It’s going to be a long night on social media for Stephen A. Smith
Say what you will about Smith, he knows how to get eyes and ears to hear what he says. He’s an expert. Whether this was calculated or perhaps a sign of mental exhaustion is up for debate. Smith covers several sports, which can stretch any man relatively thin. Most recently, Smith pretty much buried Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in favor of Tom Brady. This took place when UFC President Dana White publicly mentioned he had orchestrated a deal to get Brady on the Raiders before Jon Gruden nixed the idea. Smith went on to say that Carr’s lack of playoff success was concerning, making light of his regular season record as well. Needless to say, Raider Nation wasn’t having it. This latest blunder by Smith will surely go over well with Raiders fans too.
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