ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith gets paid $3 million a year to host ESPN’s First Take and generally deliver opinions and analysis with an extreme amount of gusto. But apparently that salary doesn’t include basic research. This morning Smith was shockingly off kilter when discussing Thursday Night’s Chiefs-Chargers matchup. Smith declared that three players who will decidedly not be taking were among those watch. Fellow analyst Tedy Bruschi looked on in horror.
This is incredible…Stephen A. Smith’s 3 players to watch:
1. Spencer Ware (out tonight)
2. Hunter Henry (who has had a great season according to him lmao)
3. Derrick Johnson (not currently in NFL) https://t.co/uz8E4swx3R
— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) December 13, 2018
The Chargers had a little fun at Smith’s expense.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) December 13, 2018
Mistakes happen in sports all the time, and we are guilty as anyone. We (perhaps unfairly) pounce on every minor mispronunciation but this type of error rooted in clear lack of knowledge and preparation. It is also frustrating for journalists who grind every day and make far less than $3 mill a year.