“Based off of that press conference, I thought the reporter was incredibly fair and incredibly delicate with how he asked the question. Then, the moderator said, ‘would you like to move on?’ And Naomi Osaka said no. I’m trying to figure out what the reporter did wrong. I didn’t see that. And for the agent to come out with a statement basically accusing the journalist of bullying her, I’m like, ‘What? What are you talking about?’” explained Smith.
“If you are a journalist and that is what we classify as bullying, then as a journalist, you get to go up there, and the only thing you can say is, ‘What would you like to talk about?’ to anybody,” he added.
Check out the press conference below as well as Stephen A. Smith’s rebuttal.