We suppose it explains a lot about Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas that, in a room full of people, he would single out Stephen A. Smith for a conversation.
Well, mainly, it was Thomas quizzing Stephen A. about his sports knowledge, and if a Supreme Court justice wanted to feel smarter about his sports aptitude as compared to a sports"writer," Stephen A.'s probably the right guy to target.
Out of the corner of his eye, he recognized sports commentator Stephen A. Smith, who hosted ESPN's now-defunct "Quite Frankly." Thomas began quizzing him. "Who was the Black Jesus?" Thomas asked. Before Smith could answer, Thomas said, "Earl Monroe."
After Thomas grilled Smith on more old-school trivia, Smith finally said, "You're trying to show me that you know more about sports than I do." Thomas launched into an impassioned speech decrying Bob Hayes's absence from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "That is one of the great injustices!" Thomas said. "And that is frankly speaking."
Interestingly enough, Thomas' past history with women qualified him more for working at ESPN than his sports expertise.
Memoirs Are Made Of This [Washington Post]