Some believe that Stephen A. Smith has returned to the “Sunken Place.” During a segment of ESPN’s “First Take,” Smith went after Colin Kaepernick who tweeted a quote given by Jackie Robinson in regards to the national anthem.
In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, Kaepernick tweeted Robinson’s words, “I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world.”
Following the tweet, Smith took issue with Kaepernick comparing his plight to Robinson.
“He is not comparable to the great Jackie Robinson,” Smith said. “Jackie Robinson was the man that was responsible for integrating the sport of Major League Baseball. Jackie Robinson was coming up in a time when we were devoid of civil rights, where we couldn’t use the same restaurants or the same bathrooms or we couldn’t patronize the same businesses or the water fountains or anything like that. Jackie Robinson grew up at a time with such alarming hostility that it sparked the Civil Rights movement, for crying out loud, in certain respects, and there is no question about that.”
Smith went on to foolishly compare Kaepernick to Trump.
“Donald Trump was the former owner for the USFL, who tried to sue the NFL for $1.7 billion,” Smith said. “He won the case, but won a grand total of one dollar. It assisted in ruining the USFL — certainly ruined his chances of ultimately getting what he really wanted which is to own an NFL team because then in 2014, years later when he wanted to own the Buffalo Bills, they still didn’t want him to be a part of their clique. So here you have a white billionaire who wants to become a part of the league and couldn’t get in. Colin Kaepernick can’t get back in.”
During Smith’s ridiculous rant, his co-host, Max Kellerman, shook his head with displeasure.
Kellerman wasn’t the only person to take issue with Smith’s insane comparison. He was soon blasted on social media.
Max Kellerman schooling Stephen A. Smith on black oppression, racism & race relations in relation to Colin Kaepernick & Jackie Robinson. Bruh Stephen A really in the sunken place
— Shaina Auxilly (@Shay_Marie) April 16, 2018
.@StephenASmith is saying that their is “no correlation between Colin Kaepernick and Jackie Robinson,” but he said that Kaepernick and Trump are comparable.
— LEFT⚫ (@LeftSentThis) April 16, 2018
Yall really let Stephen A. Smith get away with comparing @Kaepernick7 to donald trump. Smfh
— clinton wilson (@etrentongrewme) April 18, 2018
Wait…why am i just now finding out that @stephenasmith compared @Kaepernick7 to @realDonaldTrump. Can somebody please get Stephen A out of the Sunken Place. It’s crazy that @maxkellerman has to school Stephen A on Black History & the plight of Black folks and Max is WHITE!! SMH
— Natomas Slimm (@NatomasSlimm) April 18, 2018
— Tracey Baker-Simmons (@tbakersimmons) April 18, 2018