Amid the ongoing legal issues and the upcoming release of her highly anticipated debut studio album "SUGA,"Megan Thee Stallion found some time on Thursday morning to join ESPN's "First Take." If you were hoping to see Hot Girl Meg and Stephen A. Smith get into a heated debate over the NBA MVP race, where Tom Brady will sign, or the state of the disgraced Houston Astros, you were probably a bit disappointed.
That said, Meg's appearance on First Take was just as entertaining as anyone could have hoped for, especially if you were just following along on twitter.
During her segment with Molly Qerim, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman, Meg shed some light on her upbringing and the ongoing legal issues with 1501 Certified Entertainment before briefly talking about her beloved Houston Rockets. As seen in the clip embedded above, she was clearly not prepared to field any questions about head coach Mike D'Antoni's new small ball lineup, but we've already heard enough expert analysis about that anyhow.
Check out some of the reactions to her First Take appearance below.
Stephen A. Smith Reveals His Top 5 Teams In The NFL, Twitter React
Stephen A. got NFL fans heated with this one.
Stephen A. Smith is one of the most entertaining men in all of sports media and while people love to hear him on TV, they don't always appreciate his opinions. Smith can have some pretty polarizing takes that cause people to butt heads over his point of view. While sports may not be the most pressing issue of our time, people are understandably passionate about them and Smith has been able to tap into that psyche with ease.
Perhaps the segment that gets people debating the most is his A-List. This particular list is usually a top 5 that looks at the best individuals or teams in a given sport. Today, Smith brought back his A-List segment to countdown the five best teams in the NFL.
Smith started with the Chicago Bears at number 5 and worked his way down to the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs. While this list is pretty solid, it didn't take long before the Twitter mob came to First Take's Twitter page and delivered some hot takes of their own.
Many fans felt like the Green Bay Packers should have been on the list instead of the Bears, while others were upset with the Chiefs' placement over the Patriots. With all of these reactions in mind, let us know how you feel about Smith's list in the comments below.
Stephen A. Smith Shows Off Side-Splitting Imitation Of Weed Smokers: Watch
Smith reminding us all to "stay off the weed."
Stephen A. Smith is easily one of the most entertaining people in all of sports media and he never ceases to amaze his faithful listeners and viewers. Most of Smith's hot takes can be found on ESPN's hit TV show First Take where he gets to debate the likes of Max Kellerman every morning. Stephen A. has always been consistent with his opinions especially when it comes to weed. Smith has never been a big fan of the drug and always seems to reprimand players whenever they get caught for using the substance. This has led to his popular "stay off the weed" catchphrase which will forever be a top tier meme on the internet.
Today on First Take, Smith took his hatred of weed to the next level as he impersonated what a weed smoker would sound like if they were debating him on the show.
The clip is pretty hilarious and Kellerman seemed to get a kick out of the whole thing. He even quipped that Smith sounds as if he's never actually tried weed before which might not be far off. Smith's hatred for the drug has to come from somewhere as he's not the type of man to just irrationally hate on something.
Regardless, Stephen A. always makes for entertaining TV and we thank him for that.
Kevin Durant Was Never Seen As A Leader In OKC, Claims Stephen A. Smith
Smith says KD was looked at as a “boy” amongst men.
Kevin Durant has been the subject of various assaults on his character as a basketball player over the years and his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder always seems to be under question. When he left the team in 2016 to join the 73-9 Warriors, NBA fans everywhere were shocked and appalled that such an incredible talent would go play for a team that was already so good without him. Clearly, Durant wanted to get some rings so that his legacy could be cemented, although it kind of backfired on him.
On ESPN’s First Take yesterday, Stephen A. Smith spoke about Durant and how the team viewed him while in OKC. According to people close to the situation, Durant was actually seen as a boy, while Russell Westbrook was seen as a man. This led to some people not taking Durant seriously as a leader in the locker room.
“Several people have come up to me. A couple of people who used to play in Oklahoma City. Several people that are incredibly familiar with the history of KD in Oklahoma City. They said when he was in Oklahoma City, he wasn’t viewed as the leader,” Smith said. “They said it was hard for Russell Westbrook to follow him because KD, the man that you see right now, was a boy back then. And Russell Westbrook came in a man. So to go to Russell Westbrook and to ask him to follow that guy, Russell Westbrook was a man lookin’ at you like you’re asking him to follow a boy. I’m quoting. I’m not tellin’ you who. But I’m quoting folks that said that and it was more than one person.”
These claims don’t do much to help support Durant’s place in the league, especially when you realize how sensitive he can be. We’re surprised he hasn’t clapped back at Smith with a Twitter barrage yet but if it happens, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Stephen A. Smith Reflects On How He Became A Star At ESPN: Watch
Smith is constantly oozing with confidence.
When you think about sports talk television and the best personalities that inhabit it, Stephen A. Smith would immediately have to come to mind. He is the bombastic co-host of ESPN's hit show First Take and can always be seen and heard delivering some incredible hot takes which leave fans divided. Whether you like him or not, there is no denying he is entertaining and his reports and opinions can tend to hold a lot of weight, depending on who you ask.
In a recent interview with Michael Kay, Smith was asked about his rise to fame and how he ended up at ESPN. As Smith explains, he was called in for an audition by ESPN's president after a room full of executives tried to have him blacklisted. When Smith went in for the audition, he shined and showed ESPN's brass what he was all about. This eventually led to an instant contract and the rest is history.
It's a good thing ESPN took a chance on Stephen A. or else we would have been deprived of some of the funniest moments and one-liners in sports talk television history. You have to hand it to Smith for being so confident from the start and showing the network what he can do.
As First Take continues to thrive, there is no telling what Smith can do moving forward.
Stephen A. Smith Questions Criticism Of Jay-Z Amidst New NFL Deal
Smith believes this is what Colin Kaepernick should have wanted all along.
Just a few days ago, it was revealed that Jay Z had signed an "entertainment and social justice" partnership with the NFL that would have both sides work to fix some of the issues within the league when it comes to the treatment of players. Many people rushed to criticize Jay Z as they felt as though he was choosing the side of the oppressor as opposed to the side of those fighting for equality. Jay Z has proclaimed his support for Colin Kaepernick in the past and with Kap nowhere to be found in this deal, some have taken issue. One of the people who had some hard words for Hov was Caroline Panthers safety Eric Reid, who is clearly not a fan of the whole thing.
Stephen A. Smith hopped on ESPN's First Take today where he talked about Reid criticism of Jay Z and how he felt about it all. As you can see from the clip below, Smith feels as though the criticism is a bit unfair.
Essentially, Smith feels as though Kaepernick's goal was to get the league to address his concerns and by partnering with Jay Z, they would be doing just that. Smith thinks players like Kap and Reid should actually embrace the deal instead of being so quick to be negative about it.
It's certainly a complicated issue that seems to be quite polarizing within the NFL these days. Ever since Kaepernick was essentially blackballed for kneeling during the anthem, there has been an increased sensitivity to the way the league handles issues of social justice.
Stephen A. Smith Blasts Antonio Brown Over His Helmet Complaint: Watch
"This is some nonsensical stuff..."
Stephen A. Smith made his return to ESPN's First Take on Monday and he went right to work calling out Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown.
The All Pro receiver has not participated in the Raiders training camp thus far, not only because of his frostbitten feet, but because he simply refuses to wear a new helmet. In short, Brown's old helmet that he used in Pittsburgh is no longer approved by the NOCSAE (National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment), and he has threatened to retire because of it.
The Raiders have reportedly been sending Brown different helmets in hopes that he'll finally find one he likes and show up to camp, but thus far he is holding firm on his stance. And if he does suffer an injury while wearing the league-approved helmet, AB reportedly intends to hold the NFL liable.
When asked if AB should just be allowed to wear his old helmet, Smith says, "Hell no."
"I asked to speak on this subject to lead the show, cause I couldn't believe the kind of nonsense that I was hearing here last week while I was on vacation. Let me be very, very clear, the answer is hell no."
"Matter of fact, if I'm the National Football League, you know what I do to Antonio Brown? 'Go ahead and leave. Go ahead and retire.' All that noise you made to get out of Pittsburgh to collect $30 million, now you're gonna forfeit it? You don't need football? Bye! See ya when I see ya, good-bye! This is some nonsensical stuff, it really, really rakes my nerves."
Despite Brown's threats and his rocky start in Oakland, the team reportedly expects him to report to camp this week. We'll just have to wait and see.
Check out Stephen A. Smith's comments about the matter in the video embedded below.
Carmelo Anthony Says His Lack Of Contract Is Deeper Than Basketball
Anthony is surprised he still doesn’t have any offers.
Carmelo Responds To Chauncey Billups’ Remarks About Why He’s Not In NBA
"I was 23, 24 years old, I had to eat."
Carmelo Anthony is letting it all out today during his sit down interview with Stephen A. Smith.
The 10 time NBA All Star joined ESPN's First Take on Friday morning to discuss a number of topics, ranging from his fallout with the Houston Rockets and his hopes for a farewell tour, to his reasons for not signing with the Chicago Bulls in 2014.
Additionally, Anthony responded to his former teammate Chauncey Billups, who recently explained that Melo cares more about scoring than winning.
“It meant too much because he could have games where he had 20, 22 [points], we win the game and he’s mad. He might have 36, and he’s in there, you know — we lose the game, and he’s in there picking everybody up.”
Carmelo issued the following response on Friday:
"I was 23, 24 years old, I had to eat. And whatever I had to do for us to be able to win, or put ourself in a situation to win, I was willing to do that. To his comments... If I didn't score those points I felt like I didn't do my job. Because that was my mentality, to go all-out at that point in time."
He added, "I don't take his comment any type of way. I take 'em as a learning tool... My only issue was the timing of his comments."
Check out his full thoughts regarding Chauncey's remarks in the video embedded below.
Ryan Hollins Calls Kawhi Leonard A "Fluke," Joe Budden & Freddie Gibbs React
Hollins comes through with another questionable take.
Every time Ryan Hollins goes on ESPN's First Take, he ends up saying something absolutely ridiculous. Usually, he gets clowned by Max Kellerman and we all laugh about it. This time around though, Hollins' scandalous hot take drew so much vitriol that the whole internet wants him gone from the show. During a segment about Kawhi Leonard, Hollins claimed that the Los Angeles Clippers star is a "fluke" and that he has the most to prove in the NBA. Despite winning two NBA title and two finals MVPs, Hollins saw fit to question Leonard's ability to be a star in the league.
At first glance, this hot take is straight slander and on second glance, it's even worse. While the clip itself has yet to make it to the internet, Twitter is already talking about it, including a pair of artists in Joe Budden and Freddie Gibbs. The two were so fed up with Hollins' take that they asked for him to be taken off of their TV screens.
Aside from famous artists, Hollins also drew the attention of pretty well everyone who watches the show. It was hard to find a single person who agreed with him which just goes to show what a contrarian the former player has become.
Leonard is poised for a great season in Los Angeles and any claims of him being a fluke should be promptly dismissed.