Stephen A. Smith has strong words for those who doubted his report that Tom Brady destroyed his cell phone and as a result, the NFL would uphold the Patriots quarterback’s four-game suspension for his role in the “DeflateGate” scandal.
Smith’s breaking news was validated when the NFL did indeed announce that Brady’s suspension was being upheld, along with commissioner Roger Goodell confirming that evidence of the QB instructing his assistant to destroy his phone before investigators requested access to text messages and other information stored on the device.
Despite that affirmation, however, Smith didn’t forget those who questioned the credibility of his report.
“This idiocy. Sometimes folks are just hard to take. And by the way, don’t bother calling me up about these so-called colleagues of mine,” Smith said Wednesday on his “Mad Dog Sports Radio” SiriusXM show. “Colleagues who want to talk about me like a dog, questioning my knowledge of what I reported.”
In particular, Smith was criticized by ProFootballTalk’s Michael David Smith, who took issue with Stephen A. saying that he was “hearing” rumblings of Brady destroying his phone and the NFL upholding the suspension, rather than actually confirming those rumors. The PFT post went on to question the validity of what Smith was saying, considering that he “has no history of scoops coming out of the league office.”
With his SiriusXM microphone in front of him, Stephen A. took the opportunity to lash out at his critics.
“I will say this: I have no problem with some idiot blogger speaking against me or whatever,” Smith said (as transcribed by the New York Daily News‘ Bob Raissman). “They are trying to create headlines, trying to create hits for a website. But I do have a problem with folks who are supposed to be colleagues and contemporaries in this industry who understand the nuances of what surrounds this industry.”
Of course, he wasn’t done.
“Listen, I have four hours (of TV/radio) every day,” Stephen A. added. “Can you imagine what I could do if I literally locked in and zeroed in on some of these incompetent reporters? Y’all keep messing with me. Go ahead.”
Smith reminded his listeners that he’s “highly professional,” something for which his detractors should be thankful. But threatening to air out some dirty laundry and take shots at media colleagues isn’t exactly taking the high road, is it?
Still, you wonder if anyone will take the bait to poke the bear and provoke a media feud. Wouldn’t that be something juicy to get us through the dog days of summer?