Did Stephen A. Smith drop an N-bomb on ESPN First Take?

During a discussion about Kobe Bryant’s foot injury on ESPN First Take Thursday morning, Stephen A. Smith said something that has the internet buzzing. It wasn’t completely audible so we cannot say for sure, but it certainly sounded like Stephen A. said “n**ga please” in the middle of one of his rants.

The video was called to our attention by The Big Lead, and they are unsure of what they heard as well. We’ve seen him flip the bird during discussions on TV before, so you can’t completely rule out that Stephen A. had a slip of the tongue. It’s also not the first time he has been accused of using the “N” word on TV.

As expected, Smith tried to explain the incident later on Thursday during another television appearance. Rather than apologizing or giving an explanation of what he actually did say, Stephen A. simply said he speaks too quickly and that results in people like us hearing things.

ESPN has apparently accepted the explanation and will not discipline Smith in any way. That would seem to indicate that they believe he did not drop an N-bomb, but The Big Lead pointed out that they scrubbed the word out when First Take was aired again later in the day. Can anyone explain that?

For whatever reason, Smith is allowed to get away with doing and say inappropriate stuff while other ESPN employees are fired for writing things like this about Jeremy Lin.

Video via @c gar

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Around The Web

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NGR3NZRTG3MNXIOWEP7DQZRWA4 Trina

    Did YOU mean to say, “you graduated FROM Harvard Ghetto College? I’m curious as to what college you attended.   

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NGR3NZRTG3MNXIOWEP7DQZRWA4 Trina

    I agree wholeheartedly, but it will not change the way that some see things– 

  • WoodieBoy50

    Why the up roar? I here white kids, spanish kids and black kids use the “N” word on a daily basis. ” My Nigga” is the there favorite saying. Remember ” Nigga”  Meant an Ignorant person in the dictionary before the white man realized it could mean him also. Then they hurry up and changed the meaning in the dictionary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sirius-Died/100001878365948 Sirius Died

    Clearly a double standard, blacks are allowed to call themselves or anyone else a nigger/nigga but, god forbid a non black say that word, they are instantly accused of being racist or worse. In my line of work, I deal with all races, but the race that plays the race card the most, makes the most excuses and feel they are entitled to do whatever and whenever are the Blacks!

  • Elijah H. Muied

    He absolutely said it! And the rest of you idiots who get on here to use the forum to make idiotic statements should be banned/sanction/fined….etc just as he should!

  • Elijah H. Muied

    He absolutely said it! And the rest of you idiots who get on here to use the forum to make idiotic statements should be banned/sanction/fined….etc just as he should! Having said all that, there are much bigger issues in the world that I will worry about over some overpaid loud mouth “sportscaster”! Moving on already!!!

  • dahhawaiian

    nigga please!  what if a white boy said it…  Rev Jackson, A. Sharpton & the rest of the pack would be all over his “cracker” ass.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4RKIZWNDAZALUEGXJUL4Y2MCA4 MEL

    steven  a. smith, if i were a foot away from you, i would knock you out. what nerve this guy has to actually lire to us in our faces. that i’m form new york is b.s. we like to speak clear, i don’t know what he’s talking about. and i’m from new york. and my friends who are african american do not speak that way.

  • MrEplayR

    Once you go black you won’t go back!

  • MrEplayR

    Stephen A. Smith, the black version of Keith Olbermann!

  • Drpepperspray

    looks like a fivehead

  • Drpepperspray

    remember imus in the morning he called the rutgers womens basketball team nappyheaded hoes and they yanked his ass of the air. plus that was the most ignorant explanation tiptoen like a politician

  • Drpepperspray

    I’m white and i think you are a liar.

  • blueyedcharlie

    Articulate?!!! S A Smith is nothing more then a black racist! If it would have been a white journalist they would have been tared and feathered and run out of town. But because it’s this racist man of black, he can say anything and get away with it! ESPN obviously has no spine and shame shame shame on them! 

  • blueyedcharlie

    TV63 a decent guy?? Good grief man what cave have you been living in? For several years now he’s been bring his gutter ghetto trash talk to what used to be a decent company aka ESPN and trust me the only reason he’s still here continuing to spew forth his racist gutter trash is because he’s black. ESPN just doesn’t want Jessie or Al beating down their doors shouting and carrying on like thier pants are on fire doing whatever they can to make the nightly news. Smith needs to be sent back to the ghetto gutter where he belongs.

  • Alonzo R Seymour 3

    Hello Mr. Stephen A. Smith..!
    Yes You did say, what You said You did Not say…
    Your CHARACTER is being challenged, and it would be WISE if You would apologize for Your MISTAKE.

    I would advise You to slow down, speak clearly, so You can be understood and Not just heard.  Great speakers value Their words and Their audience…


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GZR4ETHO2HD6N36X3V56OICMHQ junior

    i heard it and played it 3 to 4 times and he really said the “n” word. he should be fired !  if not then its really double standard :-(

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GZR4ETHO2HD6N36X3V56OICMHQ junior

    stephen a smith will look straight in your eyes and lies :-(

  • RallyMonkeyUSA

    Nice…STEPHEN GAY SMITH, just gave me the right to say it too. Nigga please.

  • Norman Rego

    do what I did keep writing espn, saying you are boycotting them until he is suspended or fired

  • TheSureShot

    I’m not sure what is more embarrassing. The fact that he said it, or that he is trying to deny it.   I’m pretty sure that if I walked into Board meeting and broke out with “nigga’ please”, I would be fired.  
    Seeing how this is not Sassy Ass Smiths first offense with this, he has zero credibility. And lets be honest, he is a loud mouth whose whole gimmick is pretty much does the same stuff we all do around the water cooler or in the barbershop. If ESPN had any major competition, or any ethics, they would fire him.  The irony is, the NBA has worked for years to clean up their “street” image, and one of ESPN’s top NBA analyst is proving that he isn’t quite ready to let go. 

  • TheSureShot

    ESPN reprimanded the gentlemen who used the term “chink in his armor” when referencing Jeremy Lin (Asian of course) yet they keep Sassy Ass Smith after he slips and uses the N word , AGAIN?
    The hypocrisy is sad, and more so, how can I take SAS serious as a professional when he clearly does not handle himself as one?

  • http://profiles.google.com/alexandercool99 Michael Alexander

    It certainly sounded as if Smith did indeed use that ugly N word ! I hope he sees this video and feels shameful that he would do that !

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2PS5W3IMK7W2QOYYALS3EWMW4I MaddeningBaseballNut

    Very simple…Stephen A. Smith is a racist…however, it is usually against whites or blacks that he believes act “too white” .  If an individual is not like himself he has an issue with it.  He constantly tries to tie in the street lingo and ebonics and demonstrates his ignorance of the English language.  Along with Herm Edwards he is the WORST commentator that ESPN has.  Edwards’ issue is that he thinks he’s funny and he thinks he knows football.  BUT Smith is just a bigot…plain and simple.  ESPN will never fire him because they are afraid of him…he would use the race card and sue for millions.

  • Curtis Courtney

    FAIR !! what dream world you living in. The only thing FAIR in this world is death.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JCIG3FHIOZEA4ZXBCR2LXCIV4A Dr. Freud

    Things he may have said

    Booger sneeze
    Nice mac n Cheese
    Nice Job Cho-cheeze
    Can I get Please?
    Hugger Skeeze
    Have you seen these?
    Hypocrtic please?

    I having a lot of trouble finding other things he may have have said. He wasn’t talking fast at that part.

    DOUBLE-STANDARD (clap-clap-clap,clap,clap),

    DOUBLE-STANDARD (clap-clap-clap,clap,clap)

    If I was his boss and he told me he didn’t say that I would look at him and say NIGGA PLEASE!

    Also didn’t he seem like Bill Clinton. I did not use the words, they said I did> Ha

  • hsparock

    BIG DEAL  if he did utter the nigga word. It is part of the english language. We as a people need to quit getting defensive on a lot of the ethnic words that are uttered regularly in real life. That sets up too many double standards that are not really understood by people and starts a lot of unwarranted racial bias.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7KV5P64BND57DNZFE4W4NQEATQ David

    Well said! Why is this even an issue in America? Aren’t we supposed to have freedom of expression? If you don’t like what you hear, don’t listen to it.

  • Ty Johnson

    thats a racist comment mudpuppysc so shut the fuk up

  • Ty Johnson

    Completely agree, all double standards and forms of racism should go, reguardless of speaker or person they’re speaking about.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GN3TWKLXGNNW5IKDIOYJDRAYO4 Pam

    it is true, and I remember seeing somewhere, there was a black man that agreed with that statement…
    It IS taken differently when the same race makes a racist comment, it is far more tolerated then the other way around.
    So Ty…shut the F*** up!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GN3TWKLXGNNW5IKDIOYJDRAYO4 Pam

    @Nicholpack7….I’m a whitey too :)….and will say….Your lovely daughter has one fine Dad!!!

  • blueyedcharlie

    So true Disqus so very true! Just makes one want to shake their head in disbelief!