Molly Qerim tells Stephen A Smith on live TV ‘I don’t want you to complain’ after the First Take star ranted angrily
MOLLY Qerim has no time for Stephen A. Smith’s complaints.
After Smith opened Tuesday’s ESPN edition of “First Take” with feigned tears, Qerim quickly ended the stance, telling him, “I don’t want you to complain.”
After the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the NBA playoffs on Monday, the 55-year-old opened the show by saying, “The Lakers are finished.”
“It means my time in LA is over. That means I have to go back to New York and I know it’s going to be cold as soon as I get back,” he said.
“Maybe JJ Redick is okay with not having a tan, but damn I like the sun. I like the warm weather.”
But Smith wasn’t done yet.
“And you know what? Not only am I upset about this, I’m upset and jealous of Windy,” he added, referencing ESPN writer Brian Windhorst.
“One minute he’s in France and the next minute he’s in South Beach living the good life. I mean everyone but me can do it.”
“And to make matters worse, one of the biggest problems of all is talking about retirement. What the heck happened to my NBA season?”
As Qerim introduced her crew—Smith, Windhorst, Redick and herself—to kick off the day, she asked them all how they were doing, to which Smith sadly replied, “I’m fine.”
She quickly ended that attitude, saying, “Stephen A. I don’t want you to complain. You’re going to Miami, okay?”
Smith’s desperation came after the Denver Nuggets sealed victory over the Lakers in Game 4 Monday night when they defeated LeBron James and Co. 113-111.
As if that wasn’t enough how he’s eluded it has since been reported that James is questioning his future in the sport.
After the game, the four-time NBA MVP said Bleacher report: “I’m just not sure I’ll be back in the fall when the season starts.”
“I have a lot to think about.”
Meanwhile, the Nuggets will face either the Miami Heat or the Boston Celtics in the finals.
Miami will look to complete the win over Boston on Tuesday at the FTX Arena.