“Why do… you only cater to basketball players” | Jamie Foxx Hints Stephen A. Smith Records His Worst Holds For Black Athletes
Jamie Foxx had some choice words on Instagram this week for Stephen A. Smith about his fierce verbal vivisection of Brooklyn Nets player Ben Simmons.
“It’s completely unfair @bensimmons has a family this man has people who love him and this man just plays basketball but being dragged through the mud like this is unfair…and why is it @stephenasmith you only go to the basketball players…
“You’re completely dumb when it comes to the Tom Bradys, the Aaron Rodgers of the world…You see where I’m coming from…stop it bruh it’s off limits.”
Even Ray Charles could have seen where there is smoke, there is fire, and Foxx has plenty for Smith. However, it reopens discussion of the pervasive sports opinion of Smith’s journalism which has been criticized as a mixture of black virtue signaling or simply an exhibition of cultural deafness.
Smith responded to his friend on an episode of “First Take.”
“Jamie Foxx knows best. He’s just very protective of the black athlete, as he should be, because he deserves our protection, to be quite honest with you, in a lot of situations. That’s what he’s is.
The Executioner Simmons-Irving
The Brooklyn Nets have been much maligned by many this season, but by none more than ESPN’s “First Take” host Stephen A. Smith.
During Monday’s “First Take” episode, Smith ripped into Ben Simmons while continuing his searing rant about Kyrie Irving’s perceived selfishness.
“Notice I said Kyrie Irving is one of the most selfish superstars we’ve ever seen and obviously one of the most selfish athletes we’ve ever seen. I didn’t say the word ‘the “, as in number one, because obviously he has nothing against Ben Simmons.
“Ben Simmons might also be the weakest, most pathetic excuse for a professional athlete we’ve ever seen, not just in American history, but in sports history,” Smith continued. “I can’t think of a professional athlete who has become more pathetic than this man.”
For many, the man who is the face of ESPN can dangerously criticize black athletes. He can also apparently adjust the tone for takes he feels passionate about. However, these decisions seem lopsided when it comes to black male athletes.
Smith spread his story that Kyrie Irving’s decision not to take the vaccine is an example of his ‘selfishness’ and went on a lengthy rant about Irving up until their last stoppage in the first round of the playoffs via a Boston Celtics sweep.
However, when it was revealed that Rodgers, whom Smith adoringly coined as “that baaaad man”, also didn’t take the vaccine but played and attended press conferences without a mask, he was not not as constantly vitriolic.
When Colin Kaepernick changed the terms of his last training opportunity in front of NFL teams in 2019, Smith crucified Kaeperick as wanting to become a “martyr”.
“He doesn’t want to play. He wants to be a martyr,” Smith said via social media in 2019.
Kaepernick was to hold a practice where all 32 teams were invited to the Atlanta Falcons complex. Although 25 teams sent scouts to the facility, about an hour before the scheduled start they were told the location had changed.
According to reports, only eight of the original 25 team representatives made it to the new location.
He doesn’t want to play. pic.twitter.com/ZuSI1IVW9r
—Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 17, 2019
“Guess what? It’s not working this time. We all think Colin Kaepernick would have shown up, and if he had shown up, I think he would have had a job within two weeks,” Smith continued on the social networks.
“But that didn’t happen, because he didn’t show up. He wanted to show up at a high school in Georgia, not at an NFL facility, and then on YouTube live. You don’t want to work. You just want to make noise and you want to control the narrative. It’s finish.”
Stephen A Smith categorically states that his opinions are his own and not those of his employer.
However, the shared experiences of black people have made many collectively uncomfortable when Smith’s words feel toxic. Calling Ben Simmons a “shame” when you’re not inside the camp to really understand what they’re up to is more than critical; it soils.
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The commentary can lead to the creation of a new kind of trope: the titled athlete as imagined, organized, and told by Stephen A. Smith.
Jamie Foxx told Smith, “you only go to basketball” and “you get where I’m going” before asking him to stop because “it’s out of bounds”. Smith’s comment has long been derided as a signal of virtue designed exclusively for black athletes.
The passion in his voice conjures up images of the owner following in sports with Smith as their subconscious saying the quiet parts out loud.
Collectively, the culture wants Smith to breathe. Like Terri McMillan’s famous book, Stephen A. Smith, we’re waiting for you to expire.