Stephen A. Smith left NFL fans feeling like he knows absolutely nothing about football with the way he spoke on Thursday about the upcoming showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers, and the longtime ESPN personality is being absolutely crucified for it on social media.
Things started to go south for Smith when he said he is looking forward to seeing the type of impact Spencer Ware can make in the game. As you may know, the running back has been ruled out with hamstring and shoulder injuries. It only got worse from there.
In just this short clip Stephen A. Smith:
— Forgot Spencer Ware was out
— Called them San Diego Chargers
— Said he was looking forward to watching Hunter Henry, who hasn't played all year
— Said Henry was going up against Derrick Johnson, who is a free agent
— Broke Tedy Bruschi pic.twitter.com/wOaorAbBKY
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) December 13, 2018
To put it lightly, Twitter was not kind to Smith. But the Chargers’ official Twitter account fired the best shot of all.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) December 13, 2018
Smith was truly getting it from all angles. Perhaps making matters worse, he tried to defend himself on Twitter by saying he misspoke and said Henry when he meant fellow tight end Virgil Green.
My Brother, it’s called a MISTAKE because I was think of Virgil Green, but mentioned Hunter because I was multi-tasking. That’s what happens when you’re doing a thousand things. But I don’t blame you if you told me to “Stay Off The Weeeeeeedddddddd.!” That was a brain-lock moment https://t.co/hhFfUmbhiu
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) December 13, 2018
Really? The same Virgil Green who has caught 15 passes all season and not snagged a ball in the past three games? What about his reference to Johnson? Smith is going to have to do a lot better than that.
The looks on the faces of Tedy Bruschi and Max Kellerman said it all. Smith has made a career out of unloading on other people with hot takes, but he’s just going to have to take his medicine this time. He clearly wasn’t prepared enough to discuss the Chiefs and Chargers.