ESPN pundit Stephen A. Smith revealed that he and Dallas Mavericks star Kyrie Irving have a problem on a «personal level» when he discussed a heated moment with Jay Williams on his «First Take» show.
Smith and Williams fell out when Irving was traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Mavericks in February.
Tension heated up between the two sides, and Smith spoke about it on BetRivers’ «The Mike Missanelli Podcast» On Wednesday.
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He said he wasn’t sure what the deal was with Williams, but admitted he had a «personal» issue with the superstar point guard.
«Now Kyrie and I have our differences on a personal level, which is nobody’s business and I’ll never say why,» Smith said. «He knows why. And his dad knows why. They know how I feel about how they’ve acted towards me and they know how I feel about them and I know how they feel about me. But I can tell anyone that.» because I know that doesn’t interfere with my reporting on him and my factual perspective.»
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Irving has borne the brunt of criticism in his tenure with the Nets for missing multiple games in 2021 while deciding to take time off the team to address some personal issues and then last season when he missed games due to his decision to leave. not contract the coronavirus. vaccine.
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This season, Irving came under fire when he appeared to tweet a link to a movie on Amazon that spreads anti-Semitic disinformation. Smith was among the pundits and analysts who criticized Irving for not repudiating anti-Semitism more quickly.