ESPN's Smith Backtracks, Apologizes for 'Inexcusable' Ohtani Comments -- 'I Screwed Up'

ESPN's Smith Backtracks, Apologizes for 'Inexcusable' Ohtani Comments — 'I Screwed Up'


ESPN “First Take” host Stephen A. Smith on Tuesday issued an on-air apology for remarks made the day before regarding Los Angeles Angels star two-way player Shohei Ohtani.

Smith asserted on Monday’s show that Ohtani needing an interpreter “so you can understand what the hell he’s saying” was harmful to Major League Baseball, adding the Japanese-born player could not be the face of the league until he spoke English.

“[I] want to express my sincere apologies to the Asian community and the Asian American community,” Smith said to open the show Tuesday. “I am a black man. I religiously go off about minorities being marginalized in this nation. I instantly go off, repeatedly bring up the fact that if you are a member of a community that feels disenfranchised in any way, that’s something we need to battle, that we need to fend off to the best of

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