Stephen A. Smith Left Speechless by WNBA Opinion Backlash on First Take
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Stephen A. Smith Left Speechless by WNBA Opinion Backlash on First Take

3 June 2024
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Stephen A. Smith Left Speechless by WNBA Opinion Backlash on First Take

Fiery WNBA Debate

It's rare to see ESPN's outspoken mega-star, Stephen A. Smith, rendered speechless. Yet, on Monday morning, he could only manage a single word after a searing critique from his colleague Monica McNutt.


That was Smith's stunned response when McNutt boldly challenged his credibility on WNBA coverage. She claimed his recent commentary lacked weight because he had only begun discussing the league's issues recently.

"Who talks about the WNBA, who talks about women, who talks about women's sports more than First Take?" Smith retorted, his voice tinged with a mix of defensiveness and disbelief.

"Stephen A., respectfully, with your platform, you could have been doing this three years ago if you wanted to," McNutt shot back, her tone unwavering and assertive.

The fiery debate ignited over a contentious issue: some argue Caitlin Clark faces undue aggression in the WNBA due to her rapid rise to stardom, while others contend that such challenges are an integral part of her growth as a player.

What began as a discussion on sportsmanship and fairness escalated into high-stakes drama. McNutt's pointed accusation not only left Smith momentarily speechless but also electrified morning sports television with a moment of raw, unfiltered tension.

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