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Steelers Ryan Clark Challenges Stephen A. Smith To Tell Him to His Face to Kiss His Ass

by Robert Littal | Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
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My reaction to this entire situation…….

This is part Skip Bayless’ feelings being hurt and part ESPN capitalizing on people caring more about drama than sports. If you recall this is how it all started………

Jalen then goes on 1st Take and calls Skip Bayless “Water Pistol Pete Jr.” which led to a 2 hour debate the next day where Skip moonwalked and blamed bloggers for lies (even though article was factual stats), Stephen A. screamed a lot and Jalen kept his cool.

For full disclosure I haven’t watched 1st Take since, but to my understanding it has been a continuing topic with Skip defending himself, Stephen A. Smith screaming and athletes  going in on journalists.

By the way no bloggers have been invited on the show and considering that is what started everything that seems unfair, but I digress.

Steelers safety Ryan Clark was on the show the other day, I didn’t watch, but I heard he made a lot of strong comments some directed at Stephen A. Smith (one funny one about his hairline). Smith came on the show today and told Ryan he could kiss “you know what”.

Ryan didn’t take to kindly to that.


For a long period of time athletes didn’t have a lot of avenues to challenge reporters, journalists, bloggers or anyone who had negative things to say about them.

Who were they going to tell? Couldn’t tell the journalists because they were the ones writing the stories and could slant the quotes any way the wanted to.

But, now with the boom of social media and more athletes being given an opportunity to speak out, they can now attack their accusers.

People in the media don’t like that.

A lot of media members are as sensitive and insecure as the players. Jalen Rose hurt Skip Bayless’ feelings and that is the crux of all of this.

Skip can go in on Lebron or ARod and tell them to man up, but when someone went in on him on a personal level, his heart was broken.

That was his face right after Jalen called him Water Pistol Pete Jr. Can’t fake that hurt. As I said before you can’t be Nelson Muntz and start crying when you get Millhoused.

The whole thing has a WWE feel to it and it works for ESPN and 1st Take. Ratings don’t lie and people are watching for the same reasons they watch Basketball Wives or Jersey Shore.

When it comes time for Stephen A. to confront Clark it will be a big production and we will all watch, because drama trumps sports.

Skip and Stephen A are basically……..

OH YOU DIDN’T KNOW……..

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  1. Vasha says:

    You are absolutely correct, bc Sip and Steven A. are bullies. They have this platform to inform and educate people about sports, but no they make it worse, bc they talk about the players personal lives. Yes, Steven did say some athletes, but he were referring to athletes were not educated, but Communication and Journalist Degrees are not Rocket Science, so that is what he needs to own up to. Saying they are not educated and cannot articulate are offense to all of them whether he likes it or not. My husband does not even watch the show, bc of the direction it have taken. My dad always said he never liked Steven, bc who he treated blacks players in the past. Most of all I hate when people cannot take criticism, but stoops to the lowest level and tell another manto kiss your ass. Disrespectful and Ryan Clark did not deserve that.

    • Chris says:

      In all fairness, Ryan Clark telling him to meet him in the Steelers Locker room is implying what? To come talk this over tea? So after technically threatening someone for a verbal altercation, he is within his rights to self-defend himself.

  2. cdub says:

    First Stephen A puts AI business out on the streets then he disrespected Jamarcus Russell (even though I don’t like him either) but he went way to far. I am really not feeling Stephen A. right now.

  3. Brian says:

    You Better Call Somebody! LOL! That was the only thing entertaining about the New Age Outlaws.

  4. Chris says:

    This is stupid, because the world thrives off controversy, people get mad at them for being controversial? Jamarcus Russell made a stupid decision and made nothing of his NFL career, who can deny that? They can still have horrible players that play professionally. Jalen Rose and Ryan Clark are getting offended when they will critique anybody else if they had the opportunity too. If your offended, who gives a crap. Your at a stage in your life where you will be ridiculed by being in the media spotlight. You don’t join a fraternity without expecting to be hazed, whether it is wrong or right. You don’t go into sports unless you are able to handle fame a criticism. Nobody is hurting their integrity. They are just hurting themselves by sounding off on a highly critical show.

    • Chris says:

      AND JUST LIKE ALL PROFESSIONAL SPORTS PLAYERS GET PAID TO PERFORM, THEY GET PAID TO CAUSE CONTROVERSY. And it seems like they are doing their job well.

  5. You have entirely too much time on your hands.  I got half way through and scrolled to comments.  It’s entertainment for god sakes.  If you watch it, they have succeeded.  People need to realize Reality TV is not too far behind professional wrestling.  Take it for what it is, if you don’t like it, don’t watch it.

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