Stephen A. Smith is paid to talk, and he does so very well. But every once in a while, all that talking can get you in trouble.
On Monday, Smith was on ESPN’s “First Take” — as he is every weekday — when the topic of Los Angeles Angels star pitcher and hitter Shohei Ohtani was brought up. Smith was asked if it was good for Major League Baseball that Ohtani has become the sport’s number one attraction. Smith — well known for never holding back — took a controversial angle.
“The fact that you got a foreign player that doesn’t speak English, that needs an interpreter — believe it or not — I think contributes to harming the game to some degree, when that’s your box office appeal,” Smith said. “It needs to be somebody like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, those guys. And unfortunately at this moment in time, that’s not the case.”
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