A segment about the Utah Jazz on ABC’s Warriors-Celtics Game 2 pregame show briefly went off the rails Sunday as the panel discussed Donovan Mitchell and where he might end up. The panel of Smith, Michael Wilbon, Jalen Rose and Mike Greenberg were discussing Sunday’s news that Quin Snyder had stepped down as head coach of the Jazz, and Mitchell was “unsettled” about it.
The folks at ABC were briefly caught off guard during Smith’s fiery rant about the New York Knicks.
“You now see if Stephen A’s right and Donovan Mitchell ends up somewhere else. And don’t say New York,” Rose said to Smith.
Smith fired back with a NSFW moment that was not caught on time by ABC. In fact, they bleeped the wrong part of his rant.
“God damn right I’m gonna say the New York Knicks,” Smith passionately yelled back.
“Look, look, look, we all know [bleep] the great Phil Jackson, 11-time champion as coach, should be banned from the city of New York, he should never be allowed in New York again after the atrocity of running the New York Knicks organization. This man passed up on Donovan Mitchell to draft Frank Ntilikina. It should never be forgiven. Donovan Mitchell should have been in New York City if Phil Jackson knew what the hell he was doing.”
The bleep was certainly intended for “God damn,” but it came very late and instead censored “that Phil Jackson.”
An unbleeped version of the video posted by an official ESPN YouTube account confirmed the miscue.