“This might be the cockiest thing I’ve ever said”
That statement… that statement right there is what makes Stephen A Smith, Stephen A Smith. Love or hate the man. Agree or disagree with his #TAKES. But don’t ever say that man doesn’t know how to do his job. There’s a reason he gets a seven figure salary and the number one TV slot on ESPN. There’s a reason he’s got his own radio show and gets called on to SportsCenter every night. There’s a reason he’s still sitting in that chair after all these years. Dude is a pro’s pro. A hot taker’s hot taker. The absolute king of the #TAKES mountain without another soul in sight.
To sit there with a straight face, on national television, and claim this is your strongest take yet? That’s A+ stuff man. That’s fucking rich. That’s some Malcolm Gladwell 10,000 hours of #TAKES stuff right there. That’s greatness. And sometimes you just have to sit back and appreciate it. He just inceptioned his own relatively tame #TAKE into an even stronger #TAKE. A #TAKE within a #TAKE within a #TAKE.
Because make no mistake about it… saying you could win the OJ trial is not that strong of a take.
I mean, who among us doesn’t think they could’ve won the OJ trial? I certainly think I could, and I bet the large majority of you guys could too. You’ve seen all the evidence… you’ve watched The People vs. O.J. Simpson… you’ve watched a few episodes of Law & order. Anyone with a shred of self-confidence knows they could’ve won that case and had O.J. buried under the jail in no more than two shakes of a lamb’s tail. Fuck law school. Fuck passing the bar. Fuck experience in the court room. Fuck dealing with the seemingly irreparable damages in the relationship between the black community and the LAPD. And fuck going up against the most impressive collection of trial lawyers in the world.
BECAUSE LET ME BE CLEAR LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE JURY. MY BROTHERS. MY SISTERS. NOW YOU KNOW I HAVWE THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR THE LEGAL TEAM OVER THERE SITTING NEXT TO ORENTHAL JAMES SIMPSON
*Skip nods, knowingly*
BUT WE HAVE BEEN HOODWINKED, BAMBOOZLED, LED ASTRAY, RUN AMUCK, AND FLAT OUT DECEIVED BY JOHNNIE COCHRAN, ROBERT DERSHOWITZ, F. LEE BAILEY, ROBERT SHAPIRO, AND THE DREAM TEAM OF DEFENSE ATTORNEYS ON THAT TABLE OVER THERE. THAT IS THE SITUATION. THAT IS WHAT IS GOING ON. AND THAT IS WHY WE SIT HERE IN THIS COURTROOM TODAY. WITH THIS MAN. ORENTHAL JAMES SIMPSON. WHO IS ABSOLUTELY, 100% GUILTY OF ALL CRIMES WE DISCUSS TODAY UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES. AND LET ME BE VERY CLEAR. I AM ABSOLUTELY APPALLED RIGHT NOW. THAT THESE MEN HAVE THE TEMERITY, THE UNMITIGATED GALL, THE DISGUSTING PROCLAMATION THAT THE LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT — WHO I HAVE THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR — WOULD FRAME ORENTHAL JAMES SIMPSON FOR A CRIME WHICH HE VERY CLEARLY DID COMMIT. I AM OUTRAGED SKIP. I’M SORRY. I’M SORRY. BUT HOW EXACTLY WOULD THIS POLICE DEPARTMENT, WHO THEY CLAIM TO BE SO INCOMPETENT, HAVE THE ABILITY TO ORCHESTRATE A COMPLEX FRAMING OF A MAD FOR SUCH A BRUTAL CRIME? EXPLAIN THAT TO ME. YOU CAN NOT. YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT EXPLAIN THAT TO ME. THAT MAN IS GUILTY. HE IS GUILTY. GUILTY. GUILTY. GUILTY. GO AHEAD AND FIT HIM FOR THAT GLOVE ON THE STAND RIGHT THERE. I GUARANTEE YOU IT WILL FIT. AND I WILL SAY THIS LASTLY… you don’t want to make an enemy out of me Orenthal. And I’m lookin righ into the camera. And Imma say it again. You do not want to make an enemy out of me, O.J. I’m not gonna tolerate it. Enjoy your time in jail. Stay off the weed.
After the break, we’ll be back to discuss what Tim Tebow would have done in Draymond Green’s shoes, and what that means for Lebron’s status among the all time greats.