Stephen A. Smith had quite the moment on ESPN's "First Take" this morning.
The hot take artist is often mocked for his strong opinions, but Thursday he was getting criticism because he got everything wrong about tonight's matchup between the Chiefs and Chargers. It's seriously somewhat impressive just how much he got wrong.
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In just this short clip Stephen A. Smith:
— Forgot Spencer Ware was out
— Called them San Diego Chargers
— Said he was looking forward to watching Hunter Henry, who hasn't played all year
— Said Henry was going up against Derrick Johnson, who is a free agent
— Broke Tedy Bruschi pic.twitter.com/wOaorAbBKY
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) December 13, 2018
In the moments before that clip, Smith was discussing how excited he was about watching Spencer Ware in tonight's game. Ware is officially listed as doubtful, which means he's likely not going to play. Everyone is expecting him to sit out this game.
OK, we can forgive him for that. He made a small mistake in forgetting someone was hurt. It happens. But the events that unfolded next were truly something to behold.
Smith goes on to talk about the exciting matchup between Hunter Henry and Derrick Johnson. Henry tore his ACL in a May practice and hasn't played all year, and won't be playing for the rest of 2018. Johnson isn't on the Chiefs, and better yet, he's not even in the league at the moment.
To make matters worse, Smith tried correcting the issue on Twitter.
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
Smith says he meant to talk about how excited he was over Virgil Green — a tight end who hasn't caught a pass in the last three games, and has just 15 receptions all season. Also Smith doesn't even offer an explanation about Johnson who, again, is not on an NFL roster.
The only explanation we can think of is Smith looked up stats for last year's matchup between the Chiefs and Chargers. Henry was a good player last year (579 yards, four touchdowns) and Derrick Johnson was on the Chiefs in 2017.
UPDATE: Even the Chargers had some fun mocking Smith.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) December 13, 2018