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Stephen A. says new NBA hoodies will remind white people of Trayvon Martin

Stephen A. Smith, one of the worst opinion-havers in the sports world, made some incredibly stupid comments about NBA players, new Nike warmup hoodies, and Trayvon Martin on his radio show last week.

Smith claimed that NBA players, specifically J.R. Smith, wearing the Nike warmup hoodies would make ‘white folks’ think that ‘Trayvon Martin being revisited.’

Here’s what Smith said:

“And in Game 1, when they played against Boston, J.R. Smith was sitting on that bench with a hoodie on. I don’t know why Nike made these damn uniforms that had hoods attached to it, by the way. You got a lot of white folks in the audience that are gonna think this is Trayvon Martin being revisited, and I’m not joking about it. The bench is no place for someone to be wearing hoodies.”

Smith then went on to say that he has ‘no problem with hoodies’ and that people shouldn’t be stereotyped for wearing hoodies while he… stereotyped players for wearing hoodies:

“I have no problem with hoodies. People shouldn’t be stereotyped and stigmatized for wearing hoodies. I totally agree with the Miami Heat, and Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James, and Chris Bosh, and Ray Allen, and all those guys when they donned those hoodies back then, after the shooting of Trayvon Martin by wannabe cop Mr. Zimmerman, who should have been convicted. But the bench? For a basketball player? Sitting on the bench with his team, that is no place for a hoodie. I don’t know why the hell Nike did that. They need to get rid of those damn hoodies. There’s no place for a hoodie. A hoodie shouldn’t be attached to a uniform that you can wear while you’re on the bench during a game, but J.R. Smith had it on.”

Obviously J.R. is not gonna let you use his name to make some wild point about white people and the new NBA warmups, so J.R. got his Twitter fingers all warmed up and went after Stephen A.

J.R.’s new teammate Isaiah Thomas claimed that this is typical behavior from Stephen A. “But when he see you in person it’s all love smh.”

Stephen A., who is physically incapable of letting someone else have the last word, came back at J.R. in the only way he knows how.

Stephen A. then went on First Take  yesterday and criticized J.R.’s play.

After the First Take segment, J.R. came back once again, thanking Stephen A. for the free airtime.

And then called Stephen A. an Uncle Tom.


Stephen A. needs to relax (I’m fully aware that will never happen). Claiming that NBA players rocking hoodie warmups on the bench is going to somehow like conjure images of Trayvon Martin for white people in the audience is one of the most ridiculous things Stephen A. has ever said in his career of saying ridiculous shit.

Did J.R. need to clap back as wildly as he did? I mean, dude keeps it a buck one hundred percent of the time. As a shameless J.R. stan, I’m gonna side with him every damn time, but in this instance he’s completely right.

Also, the hoodies are wild fresh. Bout to cop.