On Monday, before Shohei Ohtani was set to headline the MLB’s Home Run Derby in Colorado, Stephen A. Smith managed to do what he does best and try to steal the show with some controversial take.
This time, it was his belief that Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani was a bad “number one face” for Major League baseball because he requires an interpreter. Smith’s exact words were, “I don’t think it helps that the number one face is a dude that needs an interpreter so you can understand what the hell he’s saying in this country.”
Many people didn’t take to kindly to Stephen A.’s stance, with even some of his own colleagues calling him out. Among them was ESPN baseball reporter Jeff Passan, who appeared on First Take earlier today to give Stephen A. a piece of his mind.
He even promoted it before making his appearance:
Here’s how it all went down:
It should be noted that Smith also apologized for his comments at the beginning of today’s show. But that didn’t stop Passan from telling Smith that Ohtani is “the sort of person who this show, who this network, who this country should embrace. We are not the ones who should be trafficking in ignorance.”
The look on Smith’s face as he has to sit there and take it says it all.
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