ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith delivers racy comment on Snoop Dogg’s show

Stephen A. Smith’s comments during an interview on rapper Snoop Dogg’s marijuana-focused streaming network traversed into some racy territory.

Snoop asked Smith at the end of an interview on the Double G News Network (GGN) posted Tuesday night what part of a female’s anatomy he liked more and was given two options.

Smith, who co-hosts First Take on ESPN, answered: “Always, always (a term that refers to the buttocks).”

“I know I’m associated with Walt Disney, but everybody knows I’m a bottom feeder,” added Smith, who has been a guest on the show previously, and has had Snoop on his show. 

Smith, who is known as an outspoken, polarizing figure, was suspended by ESPN for comments related to NFL player Ray Rice’s domestic violence allegations four years ago. 

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A message left with ESPN early Wednesday morning was not returned. Disney is the parent company of ESPN.

The comments by one of ESPN’s highest-paid personalities come amid the #MeToo movement, during which prominent TV hosts such as Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose were accused of sexual misconduct in the workplace. Lauer and Rose were fired. 

To be clear, Smith has never been accused of workplace harassment.

However, some of his commentary over the years – including on the looks of LeBron James’ wife – has edged into questionable territory.

Smith was taken off the air for a week in 2014 after his comments on First Take with the show’s former co-host, Skip Bayless. During a discussion about Rice’s suspension (weeks before the footage of the assault leaked), Smith talked about a woman’s role in domestic assault situations.

“Let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong action,” Smith said.

Smith’s current co-host, Max Kellerman, also was suspended by ESPN in 2014 after he admitted on an ESPN LA radio show that he hit his wife when the two were dating years prior.

 

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