44.9 F
Saturday, March 28, 2020

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith defends Cavaliers coach John Beilein

moderate rain
44.9 ° F
46 °
44 °
93 %
90 %
49 °
55 °
48 °
43 °
46 °

Must Read

Report: Detroit Lions defensive lineman target is back on the market

We are now nearly two weeks into NFL free agency and though the Detroit Lions have added nine free...

Kelly Stafford makes big announcement on Instagram

On Tuesday night, a report surfaced that Matthew and Kelly Stafford were paying for first responders meals at Wahlburgers...

Report: Indianapolis Colts feel Eric Ebron “quit” on them

The end of Eric Ebron's tenure with the Detroit Lions wasn't exactly on the greatest of circumstances, and that...
Michael Whitaker
Always at the front lines of Detroit Sports.

Former Michigan Wolverines and current Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein got himself into the headlines this week after a verbal gaffe during a film session with his team.

He allegedly compared his team to “thugs”, then clarified his misstatement by saying he meant to use the term “slugs”.

Outspoken ESPN host Stephen A. Smith didn’t shy away from his opinion on the matter – and he’s backing Beilein.

“No. Nothing at all,” Smith answered when asked if took issue with Beilein’s choice of words. “Listen, mistakes happen and it’s not like the man used the N-word or something. There are white players on this basketball team. It’s not like he was directing his comments toward solely black players. And I also think we need to be careful about overreacting or looking for every little syllable or every word that people say.”

While Beilein says that he’s spoken to his players who seemed to be accepting of his explanation and apology, others aren’t so sure. But don’t count Smith among them.

“He’s a basketball coach talking to his team in a film session,” Smith continued. “The reality of the situation is that there are wordsmiths, there are experts, there are people that are on radio and television every day who have made mistakes, who have slipped up and said something that they should not have said or whatever. You apologize, you acknowledge the mistake and you move on.

“I don’t know the context that this was said in. I don’t know who it was directed at specifically. From my understanding, he was talking to his entire team. Last time I checked, Kevin Love is white. [Cedi] Osman is white. Other players on the team are white as well, it’s not just all the black players. So I think that we just all need to calm down a little bit.”

Have something to say? Click here to jump to the comments!


- Advertisement -

Latest News

Could the 2020 College Football season begin in July?

With pretty much every single sport either suspending, postponing, or completely canceling their seasons due to COVID-19, many are...

Evan Gattis shares ‘Snitches get Stitches’ item featuring former Detroit Tiger [Photo]

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Mike Fiers 'blew the whistle' on the Houston Astros for illegally stealing signs when he was with the team back...

OTD: Red Wings fans sing Happy Birthday to Gordie Howe (VIDEO)

The Detroit Red Wings have been fortunate to have some of the greatest players in National Hockey League history suit up for them over...

Detroit Lions concept helmet features player number [Photo]

Since we are without sports right now, DSN writers have been searching high and low for interesting (and fun) things to post to help...

Red Wings’ Todd Bertuzzi knocks sense into Shea Weber (VIDEO)

The Detroit Red Wings met up with the Nashville Predators in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a series that would...
- Advertisement -

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -