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Stephen A. Smith Answers Criticism From Jamie Foxx

“I would caution everybody to understand that Jamie Foxx has no credibility when it comes to sports because he’s a Cowboys fan!”

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ESPN First Take host Stephen A. Smith didn’t hold back his feelings earlier this week when talking about Brooklyn Nets player Ben Simmons.

Simmons was reportedly on track to make an appearance on the court for Brooklyn during the Nets’ first-round NBA Playoffs series against the Boston Celtics. But Simmons never suited up, and the Nets got swept.

Actor Jamie Foxx heard what Stephen A. Smith said about Simmons and offered his own comments in defense of Simmons. He also questioned Smith’s motivation for the criticism asking “why is it you only go at basketball players … you [are] completely mute when it comes to the Tom Bradys [and] the Aaron Rodgers of the world … You get where I’m going … stop it, bruh, it’s out of bounds.”

Smith prefaced his response by saying he has nothing but love for Foxx and that the two are good friends. He said Foxx called him on the phone about what was said. But Stephen A. went on the offensive saying Foxx needed to take a step back for one reason.

“I would caution everybody to understand that Jamie Foxx has no credibility when it comes to sports because he’s a Cowboys fan!” Smith said. “He has no credibility!”

Joking aside, Smith did start to get more serious.

“Jamie Foxx knows better. He’s just highly protective of the Black athlete as he should be,” Smith said. “Because they deserve our protection to be quite honest with you in a lot of situations. That’s what this is about.”

Stephen A. Smith did differentiate things, saying it’s his job as an analyst and pundit to call out foolishness or poor play. Race, he said, doesn’t factor into criticism of what an athlete does in competition.

“If you shoot 2 for 20, and you look like straight garbage, I’m supposed to look at your ethnicity and say, ‘I’m not gonna say anything?’ Nooo! No!” Smith said. “You’re supposed to call it. When you ain’t getting the job done, that’s what you’re supposed to do. Now when it comes to the personal, that’s different.”

When it comes to Ben Simmons, Stephen A. touched on how Simmons effort has always come into question, then when he played in Philadelphia his issues as a Sixer were mental health-related. But then when he got to Brooklyn, the team cited back issues as the reason he wasn’t playing. Add in comments from Simmons’s camp that said it wasn’t a back issue but more mental health issues.

Stephen A. said he’s obligated to call all of that into question.

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Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set

“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”

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Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.

The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.

Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.

“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”

Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.

Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.

Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.

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Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock

“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”

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Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.

According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.

Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.

The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.

The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.

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Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast

“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’

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First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.

No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.

Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.

McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.

“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.” 

In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.

There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.

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