Stephen A. Smith has made a name for himself in sports media.
He has established himself as one of the most prominent media figures known for bold takes.
His inherent nature as a journalist often leads to controversy throughout sports.
Recently, Smith has been scrutinized by Lonzo Ball, who believed Smith’s NBA sources are illegitimate.
In a recent conversation with Shannon Sharpe, Smith had a few words to say to those who question his sources.
“I’ve been a journalist for 30 years, I’ve got sources all over the sports world,” Smith said.
Stephen A. Smith On Lonzo Ball, NBA/NFL Players Attacking His Sources@StephenASmith on @ZO2_ and players questioning his sources: “I’ve been a journalist for 30 years, I got sources all over the sports world.” pic.twitter.com/s09s7M38xe
— Club Shay Shay (@ClubShayShay) September 4, 2023
While Smith didn’t necessarily have all the facts regarding Ball’s injury, he believed what his sources told him about the situation.
Having connections for 30+ years has its benefits, but they can still be wrong from time to time.
Throughout this conversation, Smith continued to defend himself as a journalist and as a person.
Smith said, “I never said I was right, I said this is what I was told.”
This type of reporting gives Smith a pass in case the information he receives is incorrect.
In the social media era, it is a lot easier for athletes to respond to their critics, as they have more access than ever before.
Both sides can say their piece, getting information across to a large group of people.
Despite being publically called out by Ball, Smith will continue to report on the sports world, both in the NBA and NFL.
This conversation with Sharpe will likely get scrutinized, especially by current players.
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