NBA Analyst Stephen A Smith offends the city of Milwaukee with his statement, makes fun of the number of signatures on the petition to ban Smith
The NBA Playoffs this season has been quite different from the ones we’re used to seeing. There are no ‘superstars’ or their ‘super teams’ left competing. This is the first time in a decade that we didn’t have Stephen Curry or LeBron James in the Finals.
The Final Four teams left fighting for the spot to the Finals were the Atlanta Hawks, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Phoenix Suns. NBA Analyst Stephen A Smith, during his time on his show ESPN’s First Take, made a controversial statement. Every season, the ESPN team makes it way to the cities of the Finals to give live coverage. However, Smith was asked if he was eager to visit Milwaukee for the Finals this season, and he responded with a ‘Hell, no’. He also added by saying, “I don’t believe I’ve ever rooted for the Atlanta Hawks and the Los Angeles Clippers more in my life.”
Stephen A Smith taunts the city of Milwaukee
With his statement, Smith had seemed to offend the people of Milwaukee. The people started a petition to ban Stephen A Smith from coming to town, if the Bucks reach the Finals. However, that petition only got a few thousand signatures.
When Smith heard about the same, he said,
“When I come there, I’ve heard there’s a petition out for me. Must say that I’m very, very disappointed about the petition. I only heard there’s a couple of thousand signatures, I think I’m worth more than that. I think it should be in the hundreds of thousands, I mean, why is it only a few thousand? How come the petition hasn’t had about six figures in signatures?”
.@stephenasmith heard there’s a petition trying to ban him from coming to Milwaukee for the NBA Finals.
Come for his comments about the city, stay for my proposal to have a Spotted Cow on a summer day. pic.twitter.com/T7fc38tTWs
— Stephen Watson (@WISN_Watson) June 30, 2021
Smith, who has been known for his controversial statements all throughout his career, wasn’t apologetic. He said,
“But I would like to say it’s a great sports town. I never knocked the town; I never knocked the arena. Certainly never mocked the organization. I have friends within the organization. All I said was it’s too damn cold. Ninety-five percent of the time I’ve been to Milwaukee, it’s when it’s cold.”
The Bucks would make their push for the Finals tomorrow and try to seal the deal in Atlanta. It would be interesting to see how things turn out if the Bucks end up in the Finals.