Pitaro also noted that executives at ESPN plan to address issues around diversity and inclusion at a company-wide town hall later in the month.
Smith made the controversial comments on Monday's episode of "First Take."
The ESPN talent was lambasted on social media for the comments.
The ESPN Anchor appeared on "The Jake Asman Show on SportsMap Radio"
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"The natives called it "mee-lee-wah-kay," which is of course Algonquin for "The Good Land." It's not a nickname a city earns by accident."
First Take took on the topic of whether or not Arch Manning will surpass his famous uncles and grandfather as the best QB in the family.
Smith was baffled by the fact that he believes Stevens underperformed this year, yet received a promotion instead of getting fired.
The rapper is a diehard Lakers fan having grown up in Los Angeles.