ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith said Tuesday that black athletes have it “pretty rough” in part because they make so much money.
Smith, during a monologue on ESPN’s “First Take,” said, “If we’re being honest, the black athlete has it pretty rough–not just in spite of the money, but actually because of it.” (RELATED: Trump Has ESPN Thinking They’re Actually CNN)
He continued, “With money comes expectations to do right, to be right, regardless of the scrutiny or adversity one faces, which is why Kevin Durant was absolutely correct and righteous when alluding to his privileged relationship with the viewing public while making sure to lament the fact that it wouldn’t exist for him or anyone black were it not for riches and fame.”
Smith has previously said that President Trump was “winning” the debate over players standing for the national anthem by turning it into an issue of patriotism. (RELATED: Stephen A. Smith Says Trump Is ‘Winning’ The National Anthem Debate [VIDEO])