ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is someone you absolutely love for his outlandish takes or loathe due to his big mouth.
But we can all pretty much agree that his preview of Thursday night’s game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs left a lot to be desired.
In previewing the game Thursday, the First Take host absolutely whiffed in every possible way. First off, he still thinks Philip Rivers and the Chargers play in San Diego. But that’s not the extent of the issue here.
In talking about the Chargers’ offense going up against Kansas City’s defense, Smith indicated that he’s interested in seeing what Hunter Henry can do against linebacker Derrick Johnson.
Um. Henry was lost for the season to injury this past summer and the Chiefs released Johnson following the 2017 season. He last suited up for the Oakland Raiders prior to being released earlier this season. Not to be outdone, Smith focused on the role Spencer Ware could play in this game. The running back has already been ruled out to injury.
It was brutal, as evidenced by the looks on the faces of colleagues Tedy Bruschi and Max Kellerman.
— Damian Parson 🏈 (@DP_NFL) December 13, 2018
Needless to say, Twitter didn’t let him off the hook for this.
My Stephen A Smith matchups to watch in Colts/Cowboys this weekend
-Unitas vs Dat Nguyen
-Marvin Harrison vs Mo Claiborne
— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) December 13, 2018
Bet Stephen A. Smith really has his eyes on that David Boston vs. Dexter McCleon matchup tonight for San Diego and KC.
— Nick Mensio (@NickMensio) December 13, 2018
I wonder if Stephen A. Smith still thinks Robin Williams is doing a great job in those Jumanji movies.
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) December 13, 2018
Stephen A. literally says he’s keeping his eye on Hunter Henry vs. Derrick Johnson in Chargers-Chiefs tonight. Henry has been on IR all season and Johnson signed with the Raiders before the season after the Chiefs cut him. The Raiders then cut him mid-October and he’s a FA. Smh. https://t.co/WoaJdAWW4Q
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) December 13, 2018
Stephen A drove the DeLorean 88 mph to work today https://t.co/QV0cvAxBC7
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) December 13, 2018
Teddy listening to Stephen A… pic.twitter.com/RbzTghGn9h
— Patrick (@PatSportsGuy) December 13, 2018
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
For his part, Smith did respond to the criticism and took some responsibility for the epic fails.
My Brother, it’s called a MISTAKE because I was think of Virgil Green, but mentioned Hunter because I was multi-tasking. That’s what happens when you’re doing a thousand things. But I don’t blame you if you told me to “Stay Off The Weeeeeeedddddddd.!” That was a brain-lock moment https://t.co/hhFfUmbhiu
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) December 13, 2018