If there’s one thing we know about Stephen A. Smith, it’s that he’s not afraid to call out a professional athlete when he sees fit. Smith has made a nice living by speaking his mind, in fact.
And if there’s one thing we thing we know about pro athletes, they generally don’t shy away when Smith calls them out. Smith often then fires back.
Such was again the case with Smith and Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving on Twitter this week. Irving picked up a player option ion his contract, and Smith immediately had something to say. After all, Irving ad the Nets had reportedly been in a stalemate over the contract … with Irving’s camp floating rumors that he may pursue another team.
After Irving simply picked up the option, Smith sort of accused him of creating drama for the sake of it.
“You know what it means to me? I guess [Irving] is a peon too, huh,” Smith said in a video. “So, you gotta go to work. You gotta show up for work. … You got to go up there and earn that money.”
Irving responded, saying something about not understanding Smith because they’re from a different generation. (Smith is 54 years old; Irving is 30.)
“You’re gonna have to explain yourself to people in your generation. I am not around many 50 plus year olds that speak and act like you do, so this is new for me,” Irving tweeted at Smith. “But I am sure my father and my uncles can meet you on your level better than I can. We know you STEPHEN.”
But this is Stephen A. Smith we’re talking about, and the fun never ends there. He always gets the last word. And Smith did again, firing back at Irving in a response of his own.
“Oh, you’re got it twisted bro! Big time!” Smith tweeted at Irving, with a long drawn out message to follow. In it, Smith said that Irving really doesn’t have a “level.”
For Stephen A., again, this is nothing new. This type of online spats have happened before, and they most certainly will again. If there’s one thing we know, it’s that Smith always has an opinion, and if someone — anyone — wants to question it, he’s man enough to respond and keep it going.