Thursday, January 27, 2022

Nigerian Players Slam Stephen A. Smith After He Mocks Team [VIDEO]

Stephen A. Smith

*Stephen A. Smith is under fire for comments he made on ESPN about the Nigerian men’s basketball team.

On Monday’s edition of “First Take,” Smith appeared to mock the players as he called out Team USA for losing to Nigeria in an exhibition game over the weekend, as reported by Fade Away World. Many took to Twitter to slam Smith for appearing to mispronounce the names of several Nigerian players.

“There’s no excuse to lose to Nigeria… [To lose to] some dude Gabe Nnamdi, who goes by Gabe Vincent and plays for the Miami Heat. Or Caleb Agada. Or Nma… however the hell you pronounce his name,” Smith declared. “You give up 60 points on 3’s? Excuse me, you can do better than that.”

Several players clapped back on Twitter, telling Smith to show some respect when speaking about the team. Watch the clip below.

READ MORE: Video: Stephen A. Smith Apologizes for Shohei Ohtani Comments; Will Address Controversy on ‘First Take’ Tuesday

Josh Okogie and Stan Okoye were reportedly among those who took to social media to put Smith on blast. On Twitter, Nigeria Basketball fired back, calling the ESPN segment “pure disrespect” and “low, even for you.”

Smith also made time on Monday to make controversial comments on Asian MLB star Shohei Ohtani because he uses a translator. He ultimately responded to the backlash over his remarks, and apologized, writing that he “never intended to offend ANY COMMUNITY, particularly the Asian community — and especially SHOHEI Ohtani, himself. … I screwed up. In this day and age, with all the violence being perpetrated against the Asian Community, my comments — albeit unintentional — were clearly insensitive and regrettable.”

Peep what he had to say about Ohtani below:

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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