Stephen A. Smith reached on this hot take — egregiously at that, and now he’ll have to deal with the fallout.
Cavs shooting guard J.R. Smith has responded to Stephen A., after the ESPN personality confused many when he criticized Swish for wearing a hoodie on the bench, while somehow comparing him to Trayvon Martin as he tried to convince us that it would make white people uncomfortable.
Stephen A. was supposed to be discussing Dwyane Wade coming off the bench instead of Smith, when he went left and started ranting.
“In Game 1, when they played against Boston, J.R. Smith was sitting on that bench in the fourth quarter with a hoodie on. I don’t why the hell Nike made these damn uniforms that have hoods attatched to it, by the way. You got a lot of those white folks in the audience thinking this is going to be Trayvon Martin being revisited. And I’m not joking about it. The bench is no place for somebody to be wearing hoodies.”
Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie when he was killed by George Zimmerman in 2012 — igniting racial tension and discussion about whether wearing a hoodie in the wrong place can get you killed.
Flip the page to see him talking about JR Smith’s hoodie and Swish’s response…