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I ĎDonít Give a Damní: Popular ESPN Commentator Goes on EPIC Rant About Mark Cuban and Race...
The Blaze ^ | May 24, 2014 | Jason Howerton

Posted on 05/24/2014 12:34:55 AM PDT by Bratch

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I ‘Don’t Give a Damn’: Popular ESPN Commentator Goes on EPIC Rant About Mark Cuban and Race After Being Labeled an ‘Uncle Tom’


ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith refused to backdown on Friday after he came under fire for defending Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s comments about bigotry in a recent interview. Despite being labeled an “Uncle Tom” and a “sellout” by some in the black community, Smith made it clear that he stands by what he said “100-fold.”

“‘Stephen A. Smith is a sellout,’ ‘Stephen A. Smith is an Uncle Tom,’ ‘Stephen A. Smith ain’t black,’ ‘you ain’t one of us’ — these are the kinds of things that were said to me yesterday,” Smith said on ESPN’s “First Take” Friday.

Regardless, he said he doesn’t care who disagrees with him and they would be smart not to expect an apology.

(ESPN)

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“When I say I don’t give a damn… that does it no justice,” Smith said. “I stand by everything that I said yesterday tenfold, 100-fold. And I don’t care who in the black community disagrees with me — I’m not interested in their disagreement on this particular issue because they are not looking at the bigger picture here.”

While Cuban did say he’d “cross the street” if he saw a black kid in a hoodie at night, he also said “in the same breath” that he’d have reservations about a bald guy with tattoos all over his body, he continued.

“Everybody wants to ignore that,” Smith said. “I don’t want to say everybody because I’m not speaking for everybody. … We want to pounce on him making this statement and alluding the black folks or talking about somebody in a hoodie that happens to be black… He talked about the prejudices that exist in all spectrums by all of us. Are we going to sit here and literally act like we don’t have any prejudices?”

Smith went on to argue that what Cuban said is “100 percent correct.” The commentator also addressed the “elephant in the room,” which he said many white people won’t talk about out of fear of being labeled “racist.”

“I look at our unemployment rate consistently being double that of folks in white America. I do understand that, to some degree, there’s a level of racism that we all have to overcome… but that doesn’t mean every single issue is race related,” he said. “Sometimes it is about how you represent yourself, it is about how you present yourself.”

He wasn’t even close to done:

“When I talk about not having a command of the English language, and still you want a job, and you want to have a career, but you don’t want to get your education, you don’t want to go out there and pound that pavement. Everything’s about the sprint, it’s not about the marathon, it’s not about you putting forth the necessary effort and due diligence over the long haul to get the thing you need. That’s a reality in our community.”

Smith also explained that not everyone in the black community can be Lebron James, Jay Z or Dwayne Wade — because they are “special.”

The rappers and professional athletes don’t represent the real “American dream,” they represent a “fantasy turned reality,” he added. Rather, Smith said he looks at himself as a good representation of that dream.

“Queens, New York City, left back in the fourth grade, grew up poor, the lever of education that I had was a public school system, I ultimately graduate from high school, I go to a historically black institution like Winston-Salem State University, I graduate with honors, there is no journalism program, I still graduate with honors, I still beat out thousands of people to get an internship… and I’m on national TV everyday.”

Trust us, you want to watch the entire segment via ESPN here.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: espn; firsttake; franklymydear; nba

1 posted on 05/24/2014 12:34:55 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch

When will the media idiots along with the racists in the black community even begin to realize the everything that he said is the normal reaction for about 80% of the folks. The other 20% have never ventured into urban territory and have no idea what he was talking about. You simply can NOT talk truth when race is involved!


2 posted on 05/24/2014 12:39:22 AM PDT by Deagle (ues)
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To: All

I bet it’s racist to say that my two favorite sports talking heads are smith and herm Edwards because they have an enthusiasm, genuiness, and poetic banter that the white talking heads can’t hold a candle to.


3 posted on 05/24/2014 12:50:43 AM PDT by willywill
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"There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery.
Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.... After all we have been through.
Just to think we can't walk down our own streets, how humiliating.

Jesse Jackson - Remarks at a meeting of Operation PUSH in Chicago (27 November 1993)


4 posted on 05/24/2014 12:54:12 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Bratch

Good for him. Nice to see someone analyzing statements in context for a change.


5 posted on 05/24/2014 1:18:59 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Yup.

Uncle Tom, Sellout... accusations made by racists.


6 posted on 05/24/2014 1:22:29 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Deagle

Excellent!!!


7 posted on 05/24/2014 1:26:13 AM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: Bratch

What ever else can be said about him, Smith never hit me as an Uncle Tom.... Straight shooter more like it


8 posted on 05/24/2014 2:04:17 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Bratch

He’s wrong if he thinks he is different from Lebron or Jay-Z in the uniqueness of his career. To be where he or they are, or most any celebrity is, is like hitting the lottery. Most kids growing up would be stupid or nuts to expect to end up where they are.


9 posted on 05/24/2014 2:12:25 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Bratch

Good for him. I will also add that blacks know these rules and often used them to their advantage. It is quite common for blacks, especially on the east coast, to wildly overdress for the situation. It is very common to see a black man in a suit and tie going to work, when a white person in the same profession would dress far more casually. They do this deliberately to seperate themselves from the hoodie crowd, to advertise to the world that they are professionals and would like to be treated that way. And they are. I have never seen someone cross the street away from a black man in a suit.


10 posted on 05/24/2014 2:21:47 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

bump!


11 posted on 05/24/2014 2:33:14 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: Deagle

...”When will the media idiots along with the racists in the black community even begin to realize the everything that he said is the normal reaction for about 80% of the folks. The other 20% have never ventured into urban territory and have no idea what he was talking about. You simply can NOT talk truth when race is involved!”...

The Facists talk police smell blood in the water and are off and running. Their intimidation of normal people who voice normal and logical thoughts and responses to events is disgusting. They love to attack and make examples of highly visible personalities. It is political correctness, and I hate that term because there is nothing correct about PC, which is a huge tool in the dismantling of American freedom. Without a drastic turn-a-round our nation is headed to the trash heap of history and even her destroyers will not ever find another like her to enjoy.


12 posted on 05/24/2014 3:04:45 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: Bratch
Common Sense & deodorant.
The people who need it most don't use it.
13 posted on 05/24/2014 3:10:59 AM PDT by DeaconRed (We have just about used up the race card and the politically correct card too.)
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To: Bratch

Way to go Stephen A. Smith! This is exactly the type of man that needs to be heard!


14 posted on 05/24/2014 3:25:15 AM PDT by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: Bratch

I suppose Mr. Smith will now be fired for his “insensitivity.” Next will be the audit.


15 posted on 05/24/2014 3:43:48 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: fatnotlazy

Stephen A. is well-inoculated against any job action by ESPN. If any of the melanin-challenged staff had said it, they’d already be on the street.


16 posted on 05/24/2014 4:08:01 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Bratch; All

I hear him on Mark Levin’s show last night and the conversation was very enlightening and heart lifting at the same time. It was near the start of the second hour. It was amazing to hear that Smith and Levin are fast friends and Smith is a regular listener to Mark’s show.

http://www.marklevinshow.com/common/page.php?pt=podcasts&id=191&is_corp=0

Looks as though the conversation that Holder doesn’t want is now finally starting to happen.


17 posted on 05/24/2014 4:14:58 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: T-Bird45

I hope you’re right, but ESPN is a lefty network. Liberals will eat their own.


18 posted on 05/24/2014 4:15:44 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Bratch

No one more than the white libs benefit when blacks reduce themselves to moronic screaming bigots who cut themselves off from society at large. That leaves stuck on their own political island with only one way off, the Democratic party, the ferry of evil.


19 posted on 05/24/2014 4:16:22 AM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: Bratch
While Cuban did say he’d “cross the street” if he saw a black kid in a hoodie at night, he also said “in the same breath” that he’d have reservations about a bald guy with tattoos all over his body,

I have heard umpteen sports radio guys, both black and white, go on rants about how despicable Cuban's thoughts were since this story broke. Smith is exactly right in that ALL of them totally dismiss the bald white guy w/tattoos contained in that quote. Marcellous Wiley(sp?) went off about it during one of the morning radio shows even after the entire quote was read 2 or 3 times,not once addressing the entire quote.

Smith is not someone I particularly enjoy but I have always thought he is honest with his opinions.

The whole Sperling thing has jumped the shark. Is he racist? I would say yes, without a doubt. But, what he said is probably said by millions, black or white, in the privacy of his own home. It doesn't matter whether he knew he was being recorded or not, this has turned into a witch trial with the media fueling it daily.
20 posted on 05/24/2014 4:48:16 AM PDT by ratzoe (damn, I miss Barbara Olson)
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To: Bratch
Didn't Newt Gingrich say something like this during the primary debates about getting an entry level job, learning about the responsibility of showing up for work, getting an education? He was pilloried for it.

-PJ

21 posted on 05/24/2014 4:53:41 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Bratch

Nice to see SOME semblance of intelligence. I avoid ESPN, so thanks for posting this.


22 posted on 05/24/2014 5:02:16 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: mazda77

Smith often calls into Hannity’s show too. He says he’s a social lib fiscal conservative. But I think he’s a closet conservative.


23 posted on 05/24/2014 6:09:07 AM PDT by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: Vince Ferrer

And this is the point. Prejudice is natural and even required in life. If a snake has a particular pattern or head shape you know its poisonous. If a spider has an hourglass or fiddle on its back you know to avoid it. If food smells a certain way you know it has gone bad. Showing prejudice in these ways are a protection.

People judge you by the way you dress and carry yourself. I’m a black man and I’ve never experienced overt racism. But then again I carry myself in a certain manner. No black man has ever robbed someone wearing khakis and a polo shirt, for example. People judge you for how you look it’s natural. Blacks who dress like hoodlums and complain about profiling are like people dressed in clown suits complaining
that no one takes them seriously.


24 posted on 05/24/2014 6:15:38 AM PDT by Arsynic
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To: Bratch

While Smith is too “in your face” aggressive-—not a style I like in reporters, but I understand it’s his “schtick”-—he is more often than not right. He is one of the few talking common sense about social issues on ESPN.


25 posted on 05/24/2014 6:15:50 AM PDT by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: Vince Ferrer

They do this deliberately to seperate themselves from the hoodie crowd, to advertise to the world that they are professionals and would like to be treated that way. And they are.
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People of other races/ethnic groups do the same thing. It generally benefits a person to NOT have outlandish tattoos and piercings or to wear non-business attire. ....I was a salaried professional at a defense contractor and it wasn’t until the late ‘70s that were we permitted to have facial hair or wear anything other than a white shirt with our suits and ties at work. .....Yeah, I’m an old dog.


26 posted on 05/24/2014 6:24:38 AM PDT by octex
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To: willywill

Bravo....Stephan Smith!!! You are right on the money....you hit the truth nail right on the head!!! Fact is: Mark Cuban has it pegged to a “tee”!!! Trayvon Martin was nothing more then a broken family teenage, street thug, drug dealer and criminal...and, George Zimmerman was nothing more then a nutcase, insane, wannabe cop and vigilante murderer!!! Trash is trash....nothing more!!!

Until the majority of African Americans get real and come to realize that Obama, the NAACP, CBC Sharpton, etc. are not, nor have ever been, their friends and allies, they will go nowhwere.....real fast, other to stay buried in their own created “Obamabot” economic and opportunity slavery!!! And....that’s a ditto for all minority or other types of “so-called, deprived” Americans.

There is no such thing as a free lunch....period!!! Ya wanna “role model” African-Americans, take a solid look at Mr. Stephen Smith....end of story!!!


27 posted on 05/24/2014 6:30:03 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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To: Arsynic

Blacks who dress like hoodlums and complain about profiling are like people dressed in clown suits complaining
that no one takes them seriously.
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Liked your entire posting! Thanks for being a FReeper.


28 posted on 05/24/2014 6:31:54 AM PDT by octex
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To: Gene Eric
How can conservative blacks be Uncle Toms or House "Negroes" anyway?

If anything, conservative blacks are the Nat Turners.

29 posted on 05/24/2014 6:47:16 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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To: Bratch
“‘Stephen A. Smith is a sellout,’ ‘Stephen A. Smith is an Uncle Tom,’ ‘Stephen A. Smith ain’t black,’ ‘you ain’t one of us’ — these are the kinds of things that were said to me yesterday,” Smith said on ESPN’s “First Take” Friday

This is what's wrong with the black community. Their blackness comes first. If they would just open their minds, educate themselves on how the democrats have discriminated against them for decades to keep them on the plantation, and be Americans first and foremost - they would be in a much better place in their lives.

30 posted on 05/24/2014 6:56:00 AM PDT by Go Gordon (Barack McGreevey Obama)
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To: Bratch
“There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps ... then turn around and see somebody white and feel relieved.” ― Jesse Jackson

The last honest thing that s.o.b. ever said.

31 posted on 05/24/2014 7:22:50 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Bratch

Proof that this issue is so simple that even a border-line retard can get it right.


32 posted on 05/24/2014 7:24:19 AM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: PghBaldy
He’s wrong if he thinks he is different from Lebron or Jay-Z in the uniqueness of his career. To be where he or they are, or most any celebrity is, is like hitting the lottery.

Steven A. Smith is not a celebrity and is certainly not like lebron or jayz.

Those two are known around the world, smith is known by a few hundred thousand {maybe a million} avid sports fans, and no one can name any thing significant about smith.

He goes to work every day, makes a good living, and goes home at night.

He can walk into any grocery store, furniture store or any other retail store in almost any place USA and nobody would know him from a can of beans.

Steven A. Smith has no uniqueness in his career, he is just a talking head on an all sports network, that less that .001% of the American public has ever heard about. Unique??? Hell I'm more unique than that, NOBODY has ever heard of me.

33 posted on 05/24/2014 8:19:26 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Exterminate the terrorist savages, everywhere.)
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To: Vince Ferrer
I have never seen someone cross the street away from a black man in a suit.

That's worth repeating. Well said!

34 posted on 05/24/2014 10:58:22 AM PDT by zeugma (Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened - Dr. Seuss)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Come to think of it. That would actually be a really interesting social experiment for a black man to make. Dress in a nice, well made suit. Make note of reactions, attitudes, and how interactions go. Then do the same thing while wearing a typical ghetto getup. Document same. I’d be willing to bet on what the outcome would be.


35 posted on 05/24/2014 11:04:21 AM PDT by zeugma (I have never seen anyone cross the street to avoid a black man in a suit.)
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To: Arsynic
"No black man has ever robbed someone wearing khakis and a polo shirt, for example."

If you are a betting man, I'll give you pretty good odds for every dime I have on that one.

Takes a special kind of idiot to say that.

36 posted on 05/24/2014 1:38:38 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: diogenes ghost; Arsynic
Well dressed [black] man flees after robbing south Nashville bank

another well-dressed robber

Criminals who are not complete fools understand the advantage that can be gained by not looking like obvious criminals.

37 posted on 05/24/2014 3:36:44 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: PapaBear3625
"Criminals who are not complete fools....."

Read the posts again....he was referencing victims, not the criminals. BIG difference.

As in complete opposite.

38 posted on 05/24/2014 5:07:18 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: Bratch

When black women cross the street as black men in hoodies approach are they racists?


39 posted on 05/26/2014 5:55:18 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Bratch

I heard one of the radio talk show guys, I think it might have been Jay Severin, say that if he was walking down the street at night, and saw a man in a hoodie walking towards him, he would move to the other side of the street. He said it wouldn’t matter what race the guy was, so he supposed that meant he was prejudiced against hoodies.


40 posted on 05/26/2014 6:09:33 PM PDT by lonevoice (We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality)
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