Stephen A. Smith has weighed in on Ayesha Curry’s thoughts on the NBA being rigged. The First Take goon called her classless and said she shouldn’t bring attention to herself.
The clip’s above, but here’s what Smith thought of Ayesha’s “highly incendiary remark,” highly incendiary remarks being something Smith would know about:
She stepped out of line. She stepped out of pocket. I’m trying to sound as appropriate as I possibly can. You are the wife of Steph Curry. What you do is a reflection on him. What you do is a reflection on the organization he works for. You have to be mindful of that. You can’t get caught up in your own individual emotions and having this zest to speak out, to the point where it compromises your husband.
How the fuck does it compromise Steph Curry? Can the NBA fine the point guard for comments his wife made? (No.)
That point was dumb enough on its own, but Smith had another opinion to squeeze out. He compared Ayesha to Savannah Brinson, LeBron’s wife. “What is controversial about what I’m about to say, I will present in question form, rhetorical or otherwise,” Smith started. (I wanted to highlight that quote because it makes no sense.) More:
If that was Savannah, LeBron’s wife, if that were Gloria, LeBron’s mother, what would we be saying? LeBron James has a mom and has a wife, has kids, great guy, an even greater ambassador of the game of basketball than Steph Curry because he’s done it over the test of time. Wonderful, beautiful father. And I’ve got news for you. As beautiful as everyone wants to say Ayesha Curry is, and she is, Savannah is something special. I’m here to tell you something right now. Ain’t a man alive, particularly a black man, that’s going to look at LeBron James’s wife and not say that that woman ain’t gorgeous. Well, she’s wonderful inside and out. She sits there. She doesn’t bring any attention to herself. She never tweets and goes out there and calls out the league and stuff like that. And nobody, nobody is more scrutinized than her husband. But yet, she thinks about how she represents him, and as a result, she doesn’t do that.
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Ayesha Curry and Savannah Brinson are their own people and can do whatever they want. To prove this, Ayesha called out Smith:
For his part, Smith should maybe take his own advice and consider the ways in which what you do is a reflection on the organization you work for, and all the ways in which it can be virtuous to not bring attention to yourself.