STEPHEN A. Smith had his way of speaking to a First Take guest who made an embarrassing mistake on Friday’s show.
The popular ESPN show was without Molly Qerim and had Christine Williamson as its host.
The show had a section on Baltimore Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson’s contract situation.
The Ravens placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on Jackson earlier this month.
Jackson is without an NFL agent and is reportedly looking for a lucrative long-term deal.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero recently reported that the league notified all 32 clubs that Ken Francis, who may be approaching teams to negotiate a deal for Jackson, said those actions are “prohibited.”
The segment included former NFL star Robert Griffin III, as former Heisman Trophy winner Jackson believes “Fighting the machine that is the NFL.”
Before he argued, however, there was an empty chair for former NFL star Bart Scott to sit in.
When the TV cut to Griffin III, the back of Scott’s mind blocked viewers from seeing the former quarterback for a second.
When his argument was over, Williamson said: “There was an empty chair here and then Bart decided to walk around right in front of RG3’s shot.
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“So Bart Scott is coming to us a little late now.”
Williamson’s announcement made Scott smile as he confessed to viewers, “My apologies, listen. I’m here now.”
Scott’s admission made Griffin laugh and smile.
Smith, who was in the LA studio, then said, “Don’t worry my brother.”
While the 55-year-old agreed with Griffin’s opinion of the NFL, he had a few words to say to Jackson.
“Stop messing around.
“Stop playing around with words.
“We get it.
“You have no one trying to negotiate for you.
“But you have people talking.”
As for Scott, he agreed with Smith and also believes that Jackson “lost a lot of leverage” in the contract negotiations.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7713798/stephen-a-smith-first-take-guest-fail/ Stephen A Smith tells First Take guest ‘don’t worry’ after being forced to apologize for embarrassing TV outage