ESPN’s First Take Stephen A. Smith holds nothing back when it comes to politics.
In an audio publication provided by Brietbart.com, Smith stated: “What I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican,” Smith said Tuesday during an appearance at Vanderbilt University.
He also went on to say: “Black folks in America are telling one party, ‘We don’t give a damn about you.” “They’re telling the other party, ‘You’ve got our vote.’ Therefore, you have labeled yourself ‘disenfranchised’ because one party knows they’ve got you under their thumb, the other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest.”
The outspoken anchor has said controversial things in the past. Earlier this month, Smith suggested that Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly was racist for trading away black players like LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin while keeping Riley Cooper, a white receiver who was fined by the team in 2013 for using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert.
Last year, he was suspended by ESPN for his remarks about Janay Palmer, the wife of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, could have done something to prevent the domestic violence incident that was caught on tape in an Atlantic City elevator.