Stephen A. Smith alluded to the controversial phrase many believed he said in Thursday’s edition of “First Take” during the opening moments of Friday’s show, telling viewers he would speak “slowly and clearly” to avoid future misunderstandings.
“You know what? I’m very, very good,” Smith said after being introduced by the show’s moderator. “I’m just very determined to speak very slowly and clearly today, so everybody’s clear about the things that come out of my mouth.”
Smith and fellow debater Skip Bayless then were asked to discuss Sunday’s New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys game. He again mentioned that he would speak slowly.
“Well, speaking very slowly, I cannot believe that this is even a legitimate question. I do not believe that the New York Giants will lose twice to the Dallas Cowboys in the same season.”
Many people who watched Thursday’s show, or later saw the clip online (watch it here), believe Smith said “n—a please” during a discussion about Kobe Bryant.