Much like a bunch of athletes, Markieff Morris is not a fan of Stephen A. Smith.
Back in 2017, the Washington Wizards had just forced a Game 7 against the Boston Celtics — Morris just so happened to see Stephen A. Smith as he headed towards the tunnel, so he smacked him on his ass aggressively.
Here’s what Morris said about it at the time:
““He’s always talking trash. It was the heat of the moment. I saw him there and I had to give him something,” he told CSN.
Players hear the things he says about them and, with all that in mind, Morris couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
“That’s the only thing you can do other than hit him,” he joked. “I would get in trouble for hitting him or doing anything. That’s the only thing I can really do without hurting him.”
Morris realizes he in some ways was a hero for those out there who don’t like Smith and his opinions. The Wizards forward couldn’t help but laugh at all of it.
“I know a lot of people probably wouldn’t mind [if I hurt him], but my paycheck would have minded,” he said.”
When Stephen A. Smith heard those comments, he sent out a stern warning to Morris.
“When I saw the quotes afterwards, let me say to Markieff Morris: ‘Don’t ever touch me again, bro. Don’t ever touch me again.’ I ain’t playing. I thought he was playing. When I saw the quotes thereafter, you touch me again then it’s gonna be a problem. That’s all I’m gonna say.”
Smith spoke on that story when he was a guest on the Breakfast Club and Morris didn’t appreciate his tough talk.
In Classic Stephen A. Smith fashion, he responded back to him several times:
“Ain’t about being done tough guy bro. I simply pointed out how I [thought] you were playing around a couple of years ago, and then YOU publicly stated what your real intent was AFTERWARD to someone in the media,” Smith said.
“Nobody has any right to put there hands on someone. I’d like to believe you know that. I respect you — and your fam — as well as your right to not like me,” Smith continued. “What I said and I still mean it. If anyone puts their hands on you and talks Sh&[email protected], what would you say or do. Come on bro? I’ve got respect for you and your bro — like I said — but you know you had no business doing that……if you weren’t playing around. I thought you were!”
“I thought nothing of it until he said publicly, ‘Well, I just did that because that’s all I could do,” Smith said. “I said, ‘Okay.’ And I went on national TV and said, ‘Let that happen again.'” Because of this remark, Morris wants Smith to have “that same energy” the next time the two come face to face.