ESPN's Stephen A. Smith dropped an angry rant about Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving's refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19, even after his team said he could not even attend practices until doing so.
During the Wednesday edition of ESPN's "First Take," Smith wasted no time tearing Irving apart.
"This is some of the stupidest nonsense I've ever seen," Smith began. "Just flat-out stupid! So let me get this straight... so you don't have a problem with taking the vaccine? Your position is you're going to sit up there and compromise the championship aspirations of an organization you signed on the represent, you coaxed Kevin Durant into signing on to represent, you played the role of coaxing James Harden into signing on and representing, you're going to compromise all that because you want to give voice to the voiceless?"
Smith then predicted that Irving's purportedly noble quest to stand up for the rights of vaccine refusers would end in humiliating failure.
"And how is that going to work out for you, Kyrie Irving?" he asked. "You're going to disappear from the game of basketball -- who the hell is going to be interested in what you have to say when you have proven you can't even be trusted to do your damn job!"
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