Earlier this week, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith went on a rant during his radio show about NBA players – J.R. Smith, specifically – wearing their official Nike hoodies on the bench. In doing so, ESPN’s Smith invoked the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Smith said of the Cavaliers guard:
“In Game 1, when they played against Boston, J.R. Smith was sitting on that bench in the fourth quarter with a hoodie on. I don’t know why the hell Nike made these damn uniforms that have hoods attached to it by the way. You got a lot of those white folks in the audience that’s 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.”
J.R. Smith got word of the rant this weekend and issued his own response to the ESPN personality.