Over the years, Stephen A. Smith has gone yell for yell with a bunch of guests on his show, but there is one person he wishes he never did that with.
The ESPN personality is a natural on camera when it comes to debates, but there’s one opponent he didn’t enjoy getting all riled up against: Tim Tebow.
Smith discussed his reasoning on his podcast, Know Mercy, explaining that he thought Tebow was such a pleasant and kind person that he felt guilty anytime he “tangled” with him.
“JJ Redick is not the only person that I’ve tangled with on First Take, Smith said on his Know Mercy podcast. “I’ve tangled with Ryan Clark, I’ve tangled with Marcus Spears, I’ve tangled with Dan Orlovsky.
“About the only person I didn’t tangle with was Tim Tebow, because he’s my friend and he’s a very nice guy. And damnit when I get on him too much, I almost feel like I’m destined for hell, ’cause he’s such a wonderful, wonderful human being and I almost feel like I deserve to be crucified for insulting him.”
Tebow was one of several rotating verbal sparring partners for Smith following former co-host Max Kellerman’s departure from the show.
These days, Smith is likely to tangle with Redick the most, with many of their arguments going viral on social media. One such argument this month had Redick apologizing for what he said after mentioning a college and him not playing in the NBA.
Despite their epic rants, both of them are really good friends who tend to yell at each other multiple times a week.
It does not appear that Smith will be yelling or getting into any entanglements with Tim Tebow anytime in the future.
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