Stephen A. Smith apologizes for Shohei Ohtani comments: ‘I screwed up’
July 12, 2021 | 7:44pm | Updated
In a segment on ESPN’s morning talk show “First Take,” (click)Smith said Monday that Ohtani, a Japanese-born Major League Baseball sensation who has drawn comparisons to Babe Ruth, couldn’t be the face of the sport because he uses an interpreter. Shohei Ohtani has 33 home runs and a 3.49 ERA, but Stephen A. Smith believes the Angels’ two-way star is detrimental to Major League Baseball.
On Monday’s First Take, the hot taker said, “But when you talk about an audience gravitating to the tube or to the ballpark to actually watch you, I don’t think it helps that the No. 1 face is a dude that needs an interpreter so you can understand what the hell he’s saying, in this country.” A lot of them need translators. You know, Spanish, it can be Mandarin, Japanese, the list goes on and on and on. If you are trying to ingratiate yourself with the American public the way Major League Baseball is because of the problems that you’re having to deal with in terms of approving the attractiveness of the sport, it helps you spoke the English language.”
The PROBLEM with Smith is that many Americans who have been born here, live here and supposedly been educated here can’t speak English. You get the gist. So Smith has shown his full face, struck out on all counts. Give him the heave-ho like they did to Jimmy the Greek. Ups, they won’t do that because he is a Democrat working for a liberal progressive organization owned by none other than Disney. We just had to bring that up because we leave no stone unturned.
Smith’s memory lapse didn’t remember that American baseball players became ubiquitous in Japan and none of them spoke Japanese. We doubt that any sports announcer in Japan said, “they don’t speak Japanese” why are they the face of Japanese baseball.