Specifically, these two aren’t on the same page over the recent Colin Kaepernick workout, They went at it with each other Thursday morning on SAS’s “First Take” show on ESPN. We know Smith is feeling some kind of way because of his message/rant at the end of the show regarding Owens. But first, here’s what led up to it when Owens said this to Smith:
“What (Colin Kaepernick) wanted was transparency – for people to see the full workout, to see the full Colin Kaepernick. … I’m in the streets. Max (Kellerman) almost seems blacker than you, Stephen A., with his commentary, I’m just saying. I’m just saying. I’m just saying.”
“Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. With all due respect, my brother, wait a minute. I’m-a check you right now. You’ve done crossed the line. Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. Wait a minute. You’ve done crossed the line,” Smith replied.
— First Take (@FirstTake) November 21, 2019
From Smith at the end of the show:
T.O. obviously offended me very, very much by questioning my blackness the way that he did. I thought it was bush league. I think it’s BS. But I forgive him. He’s my brother. And I got love for him. And it is what it is. There’s a lot of black people out there in America at this particular moment in time that have a problem with the position that I take. That’s fine. I want to assure everybody in the black community; I’m not backing up one damn bit. I’m not changing my mind. I’m not bowing down to y’all vitriol and the venom that y’all are aiming in my direction. Keep it coming. I don’t give a damn. Because I know I am right on this. This is not about whether Colin Kaepernick should’ve worked out or not. My issue with Colin Kaepernick is that his actions were not consistent with what his camp had spent two months telling me and others he wanted. That is my issue. And it’s also very, very important to me that everybody understands that when you are a black person, you are operating behind the 8 ball. I am not going to allow the message to be disseminated to young black men and women – boys and girls out there to believe for one second – that you think you can do what you want to do, how you want to do it, when you want to do it without listening to anybody. But you’ve got your hand out for somebody else’s product or money. It does not work that way. That’s not reality. And on this show, I’m going to continue to support brothers and sisters who do the right thing. And call out those that don’t. And if you don’t like it, it’s tough. Because I will not change.
Just so you know, earlier this week, Smith shared on the air that Owens texted him to say …
“You have no idea what you’re talking about. You’re quick to bash. That’s why people say what they say about you.”