Stephen A. Smith uses Kobe Bryant tribute to diss other NBA players (video)

Stephen A. Smith uses Kobe Bryant tribute to diss other NBA players (video)
Stephen A. Smith (Photo by Eddy “Precise” Lamarre for rolling out)

Jan. 26, 2022, marked two years since Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash, and there were many tributes honoring the late Hall of Famer on that day.

There was one specific tribute that some did not take lightly, and it was Stephen A. Smith’s video on ESPN. Instead of just praising Bryant alone, he began to throw other players under the bus.


“Players missing games for reasons that have nothing to do with injury, that was not Kobe Bryant,” Smith said as a clip of Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving appeared on the screen. Leonard has had a history of sitting out games when he isn’t injured, and Irving is currently doing the same because he’s not vaccinated.

“Players collecting paychecks without regard to regular season participation, that was not Kobe Bryant,” Smith said. The clip then shows a Ben Simmons jersey, who hasn’t played a game this season for the Philadelphia 76ers because of reports saying he is not mentally ready to play.


Fans were not appreciative of Smith’s tactics, and they let him know.

Smith may have thought he was getting a point across, but there are better ways to do that while honoring someone else.

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