Stephon Marbury accused Stephen A. Smith of being a race traitor within the wake of Smith’s prolonged rant about Kyrie Irving on ESPN’s “First Take” final week.
Responding to a tweet wherein Smith mentioned of Irving, “We’re witnessing one of the vital delusional athletes in American historical past,” Marbury wrote, “We’re witnessing one of many greatest uncle Tom’s on the planet in @stephenasmith.”
Smith addressed the criticism, albeit not directly, on “First Take.”
“I’m not going to insult Stephon Marbury,” he mentioned. “I’ll say Stephon Marbury has had an issue with me since 2009 as a result of we thought he was a bit weird when he was consuming Vaseline, actually on video — prefer it was a bunch of cheeseburgers. Like, gobbling Vaseline.”
The 45-year-old Marbury, who final performed within the NBA in 2009, disagreed that this was the foundation of his beef with Smith.
“Lol.. I had an issue @stephenasmith whenever you was calling your self a supply after Larry Brown was feeding you data which have been lies that you simply reported to construct your status,” Marbury tweeted. “You by no means put your identify on the lies. You break down black athletes for achieve and fame.”
What Smith has mentioned various occasions, about Irving and Ben Simmons, is that he’s cautious of the best way they’ll have an effect on different black NBA gamers in future collective bargaining agreements.
“I’m solely presupposed to be complimentary?” he requested final week, in response to Jamie Foxx’s criticism of his takes on Simmons. “I’m calling out a Kyrie and a Ben Simmons due to their affect and impact on the black athlete. Once you go to the collective bargaining desk, and [the owners] use them for instance to attempt to reduce their contribution to gamers, that’s about these gamers. That’s in regards to the black athlete.”