Stephen A. Smith Floats The Theory That Maybe Chip Kelly Is A Racist

Listen. First Take is a trashy, cynical show that exists so that Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless, two of the widest talking sphincters in sports punditry, can take turns spouting fake and bad shit to the masses. Most of the time, it's so disingenuous that it's depressing, but sometimes, one of these two fellas comes… » 3/09/15 12:45pm 3/09/15 12:45pm

Stephen A. Smith Melts Down Over NOW's Call For Goodell To Resign

Yesterday, the National Organization for Women released a statement calling for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's resignation. "The NFL has lost its way. It doesn't have a Ray Rice problem; it has a violence against women problem," the statement read. » 9/10/14 1:28pm 9/10/14 1:28pm

Shannon Sharpe: "Josh Gordon Is A Marijuana Junkie"

Shannon Sharpe was a guest co-host on this morning's episode of First Take and he had some weird things to say about Josh Gordon's year-long suspension from the NFL. » 8/28/14 1:14pm 8/28/14 1:14pm

ESPN's First Take Opens With Horseshit Apology From Stephen A. Smith

This morning's Very Special Edition of First Take began with a scripted and seemingly pre-recorded apology from panelist Stephen A. Smith regarding the very dumb things he said about domestic violence last week. It was ... unconvincing. » 7/28/14 10:41am 7/28/14 10:41am

I Do Not Believe Women Provoke Violence, Says Stephen A. Smith, Who Has…

Earlier today, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith went on television and suggested that women should make sure not to provoke men into beating them. This was not well-received, so he took to Twitter and basically repeated what he'd initially said. This went poorly. So, he tried to issue something resembling an apology—in just… » 7/25/14 5:04pm 7/25/14 5:04pm

How First Take Poisoned ESPN

This is exactly what First Take was designed to do. That's not hyperbole. First Take's reason for existence is to reduce every subject, from the incredibly complex to the totally uncontroversial, down to a binary issue that can be debated. Is Tim Tebow a good quarterback? Is LeBron clutch? Should Ray Rice have knocked… » 7/25/14 3:08pm 7/25/14 3:08pm

Stephen A. Smith Doubles Down On Domestic Violence Comments

This morning, First Take panelist Stephen A. Smith said some very dumb things about domestic violence. He has now taken to his Twitter account to respond to the criticism that his comments sparked, essentially reiterating his original stance. » 7/25/14 2:13pm 7/25/14 2:13pm

ESPN's Michelle Beadle Is Not Taking This Morning's First Take Lightly

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First Take Discusses A Woman's Responsibility To Avoid Being Beaten

First Take panelists Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless continued to discuss the Ray Rice suspension on this morning's episode, and Smith seized on the opportunity to say some deeply stupid things about the responsibility women have to not provoke men into violently attacking them. » 7/25/14 11:38am 7/25/14 11:38am

How To Legitimize Bigotry: Embrace Debate

This morning, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless shouted at each other about Tony Dungy's comments that Michael Sam's sexuality would be an overriding distraction in an NFL locker room, and whether it was a bigger distraction that Michael Vick's return from prison. I'm sorry, that's the worst sentence I've ever typed. » 7/22/14 1:33pm 7/22/14 1:33pm

ESPN First Take Boss Is Finally Leaving For NBC

Looks like Jamie Horowitz, an influential ESPN VP once called "the midwife of Bristol's 'Embrace Debate' era" in these pages, will be leaving for NBC after all. New York Times media reporter Bill Carter tweeted this morning that Horowitz, who'd apparently sulked through his last few months at ESPN after being denied… » 5/07/14 2:01pm 5/07/14 2:01pm

Sources: ESPN First Take Boss In Talks With NBC To Produce Today Show

ESPN vice president Jamie Horowitz, the midwife of Bristol's "Embrace Debate" era that made us all a little dumber, has been approached by NBC to take control of the Today show, according to two sources. A deal appears likely, we're told, though Horowitz still has to extract himself from his contract with ESPN. At the… » 1/27/14 4:00pm 1/27/14 4:00pm

Skip Bayless Is Making Up Shit About The NFL And JFK's Assassination

We all remember where we were and what we were doing when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Skip Bayless, as is his habit, even remembers things that seemingly didn't actually happen. The First Take embrace debate train rolled through Dealey Plaza on Friday and argued over whether the NFL should have canceled the… » 11/24/13 11:17am 11/24/13 11:17am

9 Things You Should Know About Skip Bayless, According To Skip Bayless

Skip Bayless told Michael Smith and Jemele Hill yesterday that he gave a Washington Post journalist a list of bullet points of "how I would try to capture me." (The Post recently published a profile of Bayless.) » 9/24/13 1:01pm 9/24/13 1:01pm

Skip Bayless Is Making Up Shit About The Michigan-Notre Dame Rivalry

This morning we illustrated how one ESPN blowhard will make up facts in order to argue for continuing a college football series lucrative for the WWL. Not to be outdone, Skip Bayless chimed in on the topic this morning on First Take, and somehow managed to get it even more wrong than Mark May. » 9/03/13 1:33pm 9/03/13 1:33pm

There is "Embrace Debate," and there is "Embrace Debate And Let Your Hands Roam Southward Until They Envelop Debate's Buttocks, Kneading Them Roughly, Spanking Them At Irregular Intervals, Stopping Only To Insert Your Entire Fist Into Debate's Anus." This is not the former. » 6/18/13 5:58pm 6/18/13 5:58pm

ESPN Edits Fart Noise Out Of First Take Re-Air

Scandal! ESPN just aired its Best Of First Take clip show, which included a particularly fart-y piece of footage from this morning's edition of First Take, and where there was once a fart, there is a fart no more! » 5/15/13 3:50pm 5/15/13 3:50pm