Top 15 Dumbest Things Stephen A. Smith Has Ever Said

By Jacob Kornhauser

Top 15 Dumbest Things Stephen A. Smith Has Ever Said

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The hardest part of making a list of the dumbest things Stephen A. Smith has said is narrowing it down to 15. He has given us a lot of material to pick from, because his opinions often clash with the majority of sane people. Here are the 15 things he said that I couldn't believe.

15. Admitted to Knowing Nothing About Manziel

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15. Admitted to Knowing Nothing About Manziel

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Back in 2012 when Manziel was really coming into his own in college, Stephen A., who is paid to talk about sports, admitted he knew nothing about him. He said that Skip Bayless told him everything he needed to know about Johnny Football. At least he was being honest, but that isn't something you admit to.

14. Calling Strasburg 160-Inning Limit "Disgraceful"

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14. Calling Strasburg 160-Inning Limit "Disgraceful"

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When the Nationals shut down Stephen Strasburg, who was coming off of Tommy John surgery, after 160 innings, Stephen A. went back to his hyperbolic ways. He called the move "disgraceful," which is an extreme overstatement. There's no problem with him questioning the decision, but to always take things to the extreme gets annoying.

13. Criticizing Cowboys Without Facts

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13. Criticizing Cowboys Without Facts

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When the Cowboys were struggling a couple of years ago, Stephen A. sounded off on the team (of course). He called out Tony Romo for not being able to win with all of his surrounding talent on the offense. However, most of those talented players were injured at various times during the year. Of course, Stephen A. isn't always up to date on his sports knowledge.

12. Hypocrite About Bias

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12. Hypocrite About Bias

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There was a time when Stephen A. attacked Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon for being biased toward Washington D.C. sports (and Wilbon for Chicago sports as well). He all but called them unprofessional for it, but then months later tweeted about how disappointed he was in the Knicks, which is the team he roots hard for.

11. Brags About Preaching on Twitter

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11. Brags About Preaching on Twitter

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After delivering a sermon at a Baptist Church, Stephen A. turned to Twitter to brag about it. He went so far as to say that the people there called it a sermon and not him. Of course, Stephen A., they're totally worshipping the ground you walk on.

10. Expressing Hockey Ignorance

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10. Expressing Hockey Ignorance

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When spouting off about the Chicago Blackhawks' 24-game (21-0-3) streak without a regulation loss, Smith made it painfully clear how little he knows about hockey. His main argument was that ties in hockey are stupid. That would be great if there were ties in hockey. However, the three in the third column is OT/SO losses. Maybe he should stick to basketball.

9. Told People Not To Watch ESPN If They Didn't Like Him

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9. Told People Not To Watch ESPN If They Didn't Like Him

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Just like every smart businessman, Smith encouraged all the haters to stop watching his program if they didn't like what he had to say. Surely, his producers loved him telling their audience to flip the channel.

8. Went Off On Only Non-LeBron James Voter

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8. Went Off On Only Non-LeBron James Voter

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Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe was the only voter not to vote for LeBron James for MVP in 2013. Instead, he voted for Carmelo Anthony. Based on Smith's response, you would've thought he was clubbing baby seals. He was, once again, just blowing things out of proportion in order to improve ratings.

7. Nearly Challenges Ryan Clark To A Fight

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7. Nearly Challenges Ryan Clark To A Fight

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On First Take, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark came on the program and blasted Smith while he wasn't there, and he wasn't having any of it. In response, Smith blasted Clark and the Steelers with shots that didn't even make sense. He also stopped just short of challenging him to a fight. That would be a smart move, since you know, NFL safeties are usually pretty small dudes.

6. Went Off On Black Athletes For Being "Stupid"

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6. Went Off On Black Athletes For Being "Stupid"

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Following Plaxico Burress' gun-related arrest, Smith decided it was a good time to sound off about how stupid black athletes are. He named every occasion a black athlete made a mistake and pointed out why the media blasted them. It was an impassioned rant and it made some decent points, but as usual, he took it a step too far.

5. Said Roger Goodell Shouldn't Be Fired Over Ray Rice Saga

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5. Said Roger Goodell Shouldn't Be Fired Over Ray Rice Saga

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Once again, he proved how little he actually knows about sports. He said that Roger Goodell shouldn't be fired because of "one idiot." That would be true if that was the whole story, however, there appears to be strong evidence that the NFL knew more than they let on. If they had anything to do with a cover up of domestic violence, he absolutely deserves to lose his job.

4. Reports LeBron James To Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks In Same Offseason

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4. Reports LeBron James To Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks In Same Offseason

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This was just a case of Smith doing some textbook reporting. In what we can only imagine as him going on the Internet and seeing what everyone is talking about, Smith duped us multiple times in the summer of LeBron James (2010). At different times, he made it appear like James to the Chicago Bulls was a done deal, and then that James to the New York Knicks was a done deal. Now that's reporting at its finest.

3. Referred To LeBron James Using The N-Word

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3. Referred To LeBron James Using The N-Word

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Apparently, in this case, Smith just didn't realize he was on TV -- or he didn't care. In a potential slip of the tongue, he referred to LeBron James as "my n----". He came under fire for the comments, but somehow after this, and many other slip-ups, he still has a job.

2. Angrily Responds To Onion Article

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2. Angrily Responds To Onion Article

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A while ago, the satirical news outlet The Onion published an article about Smith having to give his young son the birds and the bees speech. Somehow, not realizing The Onion was not a credible news source, he went off about how the media doesn't even fact check anymore. Now that's ironic. One can only wonder where he was getting his information during the 2010 NBA offseason.

1. Said Women Provoke Violence

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1. Said Women Provoke Violence

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If there's a single comment Smith has made during his career that is indefensible, this is it. Following the Ray Rice saga, he said that in certain situations, women provoke domestic violence. He was clearly so far removed from reality and so focused on what would make headlines, that he made bone-headed comments that made him seem like a scumbag.

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