Stephen A. Smith Speaks On His Father, First Take, Ayesha Curry, Rihanna Comments + More

čas přidán 24. 01. 2023
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  • No matter if you like Stephen A or not, I appreciate him sharing about his personal life, especially his parents.

    • Who doesn't like him

    • I hope Stephen's book come in audio I want to order it I now like to drive listen and learn...

    • I appreciate it too. I feel I have an understanding for the things I don't like about him as well as the things I like. Knowing the culture/family he came up in.

    • Duly noted!...Less we forget though, those of us who've experienced/ endured that level of trauma could absolutely care less about the "societal charade" of being liked and or accepted. Sometimes there's value in interior "scar tissue" i.e, , being a more patient, empathetic, conscious and- most importantly- apologetic parent as we, ourselves, continue to grow. Which, I believe is much more in line with the theory of "go in the complete opposite direction" of what was demonstrated to us by our fathers.

  • When Stephen said “to see her in the grave before him”… I broke down in tears…..that one hit home for me….

  • Fantastic interview! PLEASE keep Lala as a PERMANENT HOST. She brings fantastic energy and elevates the interviews. It’s clear she prepares for her interviews.

  • My. my, my, what a great interview!! I have gained a new respect for Stephen A. Smith and I am glad he spoke his truth!!

  • After this show, I have a newfound respect for Stephen A. Smith. Like I was taught, don't judge. You never know what people have gone through or going through. Keep up the good work Stephen A.

  • Wow this interview bought me to tears…I feel like he was describing my father. This is exactly what I witnessed as a child - even present day & I’m angry! My younger sister doesn’t want marriage because of what we’ve witnessed growing up… These thoughts & feelings have motivated me to go to therapy & I just hope it helps me, but I really want to send a letter to my parents - my father specifically and address the bs that he has done my entire life to not only me & my sis, but especially my mother‼️

    • I'm very sorry 😞

    • Just call him and tell him and you'll probably need to write tell what he didn't want to hear...BUT YOU WILL FEEL BETTER!! GOD BLESS YOU‼️

    • I echo Linda Hudson!!! 🙌👍 Write it! Whether you choose to send it or not, from my own experience I can say it will absolutely enhance your healing process. You deserve everything you didn't get as a child... God Bless you on your journey! 🙏🕊🕯💜

    • Give it all to JESUS CHRIST…!!!!

    • You should write the letter…Even if you don’t mail it to him!!!! 🙏🏽

  • My father passed in 2021. I remember people at the funeral speaking about how reliable he was. I was literally mind blown as one of the 5 children he did absolutely NOTHING for. And when l stood up to speak, my mother was terrified lol. But l started off by saying “when a person leaves this earth. All that really matters is the good memories you have” And l went on to speak on the few good times we had. I could’ve slandered him for hours. But to me that’s spitting on that person’s grave

    • Gurl, I feel you. I went to my father funeral after meeting and getting to know him for about 4 months (at the age of 42) . I listen to people talk about how he helped his step-son and his older children (who both passed) and how good he was to people. 🙄 I was squirming and squeezing my man’s so hard that he kissed my hand. The nerve…

    • It's a trip how a person can be one way with some and one way with others. It will blow your mind how some people will speak on a certain person, and have you thinking...are they talking about the same person?!? Did they really know them?!? Who are they talking about ?!?

    • I could also say the same lost my dad in 2021 miss him dearly

    • You know we’ve been conditioned to believe that! The decease lives their funeral & if all was not good then his/her life at the end even at the funeral should reflect his/her life, all memories of that person will not be good, so why not be allowed to say what your memory is, Society has conditioned Us to be embarrassed to tell the Truth at home going services, he’ll they’re gone, the truth will not hurt them! I decided Not to even go to my seed barrier’s funeral! He never took the opportunity to have a relationship so my thought I will keep that same energy during his death, if he didn’t want a relationship in life, then I wasn’t gonna fake it @ the end! I wasn’t angry at him anymore, went to therapy to work through All of the baggage that he left me with.

  • I truly appreciate Stephen A. His energy is infectious. 🚀🚀🎯

  • This is so many young black men like myself story and feelings towards our fathers. Props to Steven A. opening up and sharing but teaching at the same time.

    • @Tom Sea i understand what you are saying but it still doesn’t change the facts😅not having a masculine father with good morals and principles has dangerous effects on not only women but men as well confusing a lot of these lost children making them think good is bad and bad is good. I have witnessed this unfortunately😓once the men change the standards will change and the women will fall in line.

    • @Blue Balls That's cope. The black culture invests in pushing dysfunction and BW are not children who can't dicepher what is right from wrong. Lastly, this interview and book is also why this community will continue to experience dysfunction. Haven't people had crazy, reckless mothers before? Have books been written about them? The Black community lives off publicly despising their men and not glorifying the great ones. That is why they're where they are and it'll continue till they learn how relationships work and why 80% of the children here are born out of wedlock.

  • I love Stephen his energy is felt in the sports world his struggles made him who he is 💯

  • To Lala’s point that Stephen A doesn’t care about what ppl think of him. . . when you have a parent who doesn’t care about/love/support you, like his father, it prepares you to not get caught up on what others have to say about you. His book is really good.

    • @Another Point of View bars

    • 💯💯💯

    • I was just commenting how learning about his upbringing, I better understand the things about his personality I don't like, along with the things I do. It's not just about, not caring about what people think about him, which goes into having a sense of empathy for others, and or what they think. But he can't give or extend to other people what he didn't have, doesn't know how to give, or was never extended to him.

  • I loved what Stephen A. Smith shared about his dad and I could relate. I also love the way he discussed “his opinion” regarding Rihanna. He’s wise and knows how to keep his name in the conversation without taking any of personally. I was tired of my children making me listen to him daily when they were in school, but I loved this interview!!!

  • Yes, it was so moving to hear Stephen A speak of his personal life, especially with his parents. I believe it gave others the courage to speak out as well. Sometimes when we have the courage to be vulnerable, it has a ripple effect for so many others to heal. Bless you, Stephen A, and all the others who have followed suit.

  • "Who the hell wants to be successful alone?" I felt that.

  • I love seeing Stephen A in these spaces where he can express himself freely!

  • Stephen A. Smith is correct. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Great interview today. I'm glad Mr. Smith made it clear that he was not trying to disrespect two amazing artist but love the talent of one artist more than the other.

  • Stephen A. Smith is one of the most entertaining in his line of business. He's never shy to say how he feels. Great chemistry between Lala, Charlamagne & DJ Envy!

  • My mom passed away almost 3 months ago, I feel the same way. Thank you Stephen A for sharing your story.

    • @Kat Lap right mine two years ago and it still hurt like yesterday

    • Mine passed 7 years ago and I wish I could tell you it gets better but you just get used to it, for bless may she Rest In Peace

    • Mine passed when I was 14. 🙏🏽 blessings to you

    • This comment caught me off guard even tho I don't know you but rest in peace to your mom. I wish you and your family nothing but the best brother 🙏

  • "When you're winning, they always coming for you. Because unfortunately particularly in this day in age, their definition of 'winning',the closest they can get to it, is knocking you off your perch instead of creating one for their own." - Stephen A. Smith

  • I've been a fan of Stephen A for many years. Just finished listening to this book bro on the way to a holiday to Tokyo. Whilst I loved hearing his career story in particular with ESPN. It made me cry on the plane, I can relate to him so much..his dyslexia, his bad relationship with his father, his love for his mother ect. Deffo recommend ya'll get the book or audiobook

  • I really miss seeing Lala in this space her skill set seems so natural and effortless but she’s like 20 yrs in at this point. Great talent

    • First time I’ve seen Lala, and she is better than Angela. That HORRIFIC cadence when she reads out loud. Omg I go into full panic mode hunting the 🛑 button when she would read copy…

    • @Tina Stardust you know something? I am so relieved at what you said. When I was looking at this video, I was saying to myself, does Lala have on a onesie or something? I’m definitely convinced that Carmelo Anthony didn’t marry her because he thought she brought intelligence to the relationship.

    • Are you serious?? This was a mess. She was dressed inappropriately backside out, sunglasses, slumped over to the side on the chair, really contributed nothing to the conversation, but neither does DJ Envy, so I'll give her a semi-pass on that. However, great talent? I'm not seeing it.

    • Wouldn’t La La treat this space as a demotion? There’s already quite a few reports on line about her feeling a certain way because she can’t find a man who has lots of money who fits into her “ picky “ criteria.

  • I like the vibe Lala brings to this show. Not overly asserting and knows how to choose spots to grow within the platform. This could be perfect.

    • So you like her because as a woman she doesn't speak up a lot? Very sexist comment.

    • I agree

    • She started out in radio

    • She is a welcome. Change from Yee.

  • I love Stephen A. First time I saw him, my husband was watching his show, and I got hooked as well. His passion is infectious. I just love to see him getting his opinions across with such excitement. Keep up the good work!

  • When he's off of ESPN and doing these interviews, Stephen A is so real. Definitely appreciate that about him that he's winning to show more of himself past being an ESPN personality

  • This interview humanized him & I felt so much empathy. I agree Beyoncé & Bruno Mars are top notch performers.

    • Yeah. Quite frankly I think if more people watch his interviews here and on the podcast with athletes they’d see if differently than they do on tv! Seeing him with athletes that’s he’s criticized at times shines new light on his comments and it honestly helps validate him in some ways because they like him

    • That's like i got tired of seeing Tom Brady in the super bowl Lol. The same NBA team in the Championship. I love seeing new players and performers win!!

    • Agree about Bruno and Beyoncé but you can’t have the same performers every Super Bow! The excitement is having a new performance!

  • This interview has made me want to buy his book. I love how he walks in truth.

  • No ONE has the energy Stephen A has 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

    • Much respect to that, Brother, indeed.

  • Wow! I can relate to his fury regarding his mothers passing!!!! ❤🙏🏾 And, I never knew Stephen A. Smith had children, much less 2 baby mamas! I love him for this interview! 💕 I must get the book for sure!

  • I love you Stephen A. He speaks his mind. Keep doing what you do.

  • A new level of respect for Stephen A💪🏾💯

  • Love Lala here!! She is a perfect fit! Please keep her! Also I love that they are broadcasting live on CS-tv. I don’t have to wait till I’m in my car to listen anymore.

    • @Raw Reality Lifeshe acts a lot & has a lot of other business ventures. Hosting morning radio is time consuming & I doubt she has the time

    • @d3v p Why you say that? Explain with receipts.

    • No way Lala is going back to radio

  • I’m glad I had a good relationship with my dad. We had our moments. But man, I wouldn’t be shit without him.

    • I am glad you said that. For all the bad ones..I am glad that you shared you had a good one. We needed to see that.

    • Feel the same and my parents divorced when I was a baby but I always had him in my life even when he remarried and started another family

  • Much respect to Stephen A for this. Speaking his truth about his relationship with his father really made me reanalyze and look at the relationship with mine from a diffrent perspective.

  • Stephen A is the truth! I’ve got another level of respect for him after seeing this.

  • So crazy and yet comforting to hear how many of us black men have gone through similar experiences. Unfortunately most of them are negative but conversations like this give me hope that we can effectively heal from it all.

  • I totally understand where Stephen A Smith is coming from My dad was the same I thank my mother for her hard work, determination and most importantly her love. This woman worked her a SS off for her family. Tirelessly Makes me cry 😢 just writing this Her beat up body All the things I do for her can’t even compared to the stuff she’s has done I just wish I could have been easier for her I thank her everyday and I have been blessed with a great mom

  • Love SAS. He always keeps it real. So many of us can relate to his struggle. But can we relate to his relentless hard work and excellence. THATS the lesson!

  • I didn’t show up to my fathers funeral this year but I had every intention of going but the day of I was glued to my bed with anxiety. My dad hurt me to the core of my being by leaving me on the side of the ride with his grandchildren. That cut deeper than the physical abuse I experienced. I don’t know why I was riddled with anxiety that day but I mourned him bc at the end of the day that was my dad. Why he didn’t love me I don’t know and I will never get to understand why he did me the way he did but I hope he is at peace!

  • This is the show at its best. When Charlamagne has a dance partner that can match his wit, his humor, his life experience, his success and then some, it’s great.

  • Always dope to hear success stories about someone's personal life and how they accomplished their goals in life. Whether you like Stephen A or not he's a realist and will always speak his mind and there is no bigger troller of Cowboys fans than him 🤣.

  • I didn’t show up to my fathers funeral last year, I couldn’t stomach to hear people mention beautiful things about him knowing what little he did for me and my sisters. I get Stephen 100% …..

  • I had a father similar to that. He was in and out when I say that is he lived there but he came home when he wanted. I’m the only child out of 22 half siblings. My siblings worship the ground he walked on. My memory is the guy that beat me with rings on his hand because I had a nightmare and screamed for my mom at the age of 10. He swole the whole left side of my face. That man was pure evil, to me and my mom. That was the last time he hit me. It would be at 13 I got him to stop hitting my mom. At 18 I put him out and was willingly to die but he was going with me because I had a child at a young age and she had to live in the house with me. She was not going to feel that energy or be around it. I’m 49 and there’s still things I remember until this day he did to me.

    • Wow I'm sorry that happened to you from one human being to another . Tell that inner child to rest easy now and you be the best person that you would have wanted and needed as a child. 💯

    • So sorry you had to go thru that. ♡

  • Props to Steven A. I grew up an only child without my father and while I have great respect for my mother, she didn't know about or how to work with men. I'm 33 almost 34 and vowed to be a better man for the sake of myself.

  • Wow! I have newfound respect for Stephen A Smith! I am going to read his book! His father sounds like my father. Both my parents are still alive!🤷🏾‍♀️😎

  • LaLa is a beast she’s perfect no interruptions she let it flow and spoke from the heart

    • @Maiiam what I’m saying sometimes men or women on TBC and Angela Yee never let them make a point because she gets emotional


  • Stephen A. 🐐😎 Love him or hate him you gotta admit. He got ESPN on his back carrying the load with greatness.

  • Damn... Stephen is the man... So articulate, intelligent and clearly a man of principle.👏👏👏👏🔥🔥🔥 Great interview

  • I have a new respect for Stephen. It takes growth to be able to admit and take accountability for something you did in error, even though that was not intentional.

  • No matter how someone treated you and whatever you are feeling it’s never a time or place to say anything negative about anyone at a funeral even if you have a few nice things to say

  • SA is just one ot the best! I have his book! Can't wait to sit back with my glass of wine to read it! I do appreciate his private life. Great he gave a part of him! Anytime someone opens their private life it takes a lot! Congratulations on everything he does! First Take is my morning fix! Lala started her career in media so she's a pro! Love her character on BMF! Always great guest and interviews with BC👊🏼👏🏽👏🏽

  • Real respect for Stephen A

  • "when your winning they always come for you" these words are going to be sacred for me now. You are the MAN Steven Smith ❤️😎✨💪💪

  • I grew up with Stephen. He always kept it real!!!! So proud of him!!!!

  • Please make Lala the new co-host asap. Her energy and vibe fits like a glove with Charla & Envy 👍🏼

    • @MandosCulture 😊😊😊😊

    • @TakeTheBluePill NotTheRedPillshe has NOTHING in the works and unemployed 😂😂😂😂

    • I agree

    • Yes indeed!

    • Fukk no, the whole show needs to be revamped, they need to move on collectively it’s a new dawn a new day so give some younger people the opportunity.

  • Loved this episode. Keep doing what you doing 💯❤️

  • That show is bursting up the floor 🔥 🔥 🔥 well done guys.

  • First of all... Will like to thank the entire Breakfast Club for bringing in Steven A. Smith. Lots of lesson learned. No man is perfect on how to leaving life or surpass it. Most likely if Steven Dad didn't had is mistake maybe Steven A. Smith wouldn't be where he is today. In life we win some as we loose some. Just a thought

  • Lala cannot do any wrong in my book. I remember coming home from school and watching her on TRL. I would love for them to keep her but she is booked and busy.

    • Booked and busy doing what? She need come on here already we miss this lane for her lol

  • I love Lala! Please keep her on! Gotta say I have a newfound respect for Stephen A. Smith. I just bought his book and can’t wait to read it!

  • I like that he stands his ground. 👊

  • “They wanted to create that divide. You not creating that because I’m going to root for y’all.” Underrated statement

  • Much respect for Stephen A 💯

  • I love Steven A. Smith, I just downloaded his book on Audible and I can't wait to listen to it.

  • Stephen A ♥️ - he always gives great interviews!

  • I always liked Stephen A. He speaks his mind and knows his lane to perfection.

  • Respect to Stephen A his book is great I’ve been watching first take before he joined when it used to be cold pizza I didn’t even know this man had kids

  • I haven’t watched BC consistently in a while. I’ve watched 3 or 4 interviews so far this year. Keep them coming!

  • Great interview with brother Stephen A. Smith. Definitely, going to purchase his book for my next read.

  • Great 👍🏿 interview 👏🏿 and I have his book in my store so when I finish what I'm reading, his is NEXT!!!! Not the biggest fan of S.A. however I respect his grind, how he's unfiltered, and I have mad respect of how he shouts out Rob Parker and Chris Brussard on the rival network. Nothing but the best 👌🏿 going forward for S.A. and for being unapologetically HIMSELF!!!!

  • Great interview, SAS puts his point across so well, he is an orator for sure. Lala is fits in so well as a co-host, come to think of it her background is radio, back when she used to work with Luda before going on TV. Enjoyed this 👌👌👌

  • This is beautiful. And inspirational and puts more motivation for me, in writing my book I am working on. Thank you sir. Thank you breakfast club. Salute

  • Love LaLa’s vibe! Not a sports fan, but enjoy Stephen’s opinions. Will definitely read the book

  • I thank God for my parents and by extension my father based on this interview

  • Much respect for Stephen A.

  • Love him or hate him he’s real and respectful Stephen A The Man

  • I wish we could get another run with lala on the radio like for a season or something I feel like she a great fit

  • It’s crazy how Stephen and I have a lot in common as far as fathers acting this way.

  • Reason why I still admire SAS is that he's consistent and never shys away from his opinion and is willing to admit when he is wrong as well

  • CTG and SAS are icons in their respective professions let’s clap it up for them fellas bc shows aren’t heavy w/o them! You know something or someone is valuable when the presence is gone.

  • This episode was fire 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 this needs to be the new cast 💯

  • Man talk about fathers, my grandfather was the best father any man or woman could’ve had. Allah blessed me soo much in that. I didn’t miss my biological one but. I had some phenomenal mentors as well, uncles were dope as F! The attention, the convos, the examples he gave me, priceless. Without my Grandfather I would not have become the solid individual I have become. I was crazy fortunate, if not for him man I shiver to imagine the clown I would’ve become. R.I.P. Grandpa🐐🙏🏾✌🏾

  • LaLa got her start in radio, that’s why she’s such a natural.

  • This was a masterclass. #stephena

  • Read the book and it touched my heart. Love this man

  • "I just like Beyonce" - I felt that 😂😂😂😂

  • Stephen A ❤❤💯Keeping it Real..

  • Envy always running the flow in interviews!

  • He did come at Kyrie’s character… Impossible to talk about a talent without it inevitably reflecting something in their character. Sometimes ultra wealthy athletes & celebrities can just get weird. It’s just facts. Whatever they need to do to come back down the earth …do it. When they don’t their talent gets talked about and it feels like character assignation.

  • A.Smith I still think the same regarding being like our fathers. I tried to teach my girls the same. My girls are my world and I hustle to teach the hustle game.

  • As a father who never met his dad, hearing SA say he went to his dad funeral to basically expose him for not being there made me feel a way, bc even though i never met my Sperm donor a funeral not the place for that.

  • Stephen Smith is definitely a stand up brotha

  • Great interview! I enjoy watching SAS on First Take. I remember that episode where he talked about Ayesha and Savannah. He did compare the two because at one point he insinuated that Ayesha should BEHAVE like Savannah. This was on the heels of him wondering why Ayesha was on magazine covers and not Savannah. That's what got him in trouble.

  • Stephen A. Be like “Don’t agree with me I can’t even agree with myself “ 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Loved the way La represented for the ladies! THAT is what I was looking for in a guest host! I do feel like Stephen did put 2 female artist against each other, whether intentionally or not. I think him being a sports critic, that’s what he does. However the music game is different than the sports world

    • Nah...Stephen A Smith was on point 100%. He expressed his preference and that was fine. Not everything is "black girl magic" and being pitted against each other.. Stop being so sensitive. The world doesn't owe you understanding. They are both great artists in their own right. La La I think is a great CO host and an addition to the Breakfast club but this wasn't his intent. We have 2 black quarterbacks for the first time in the Super bowl. If you have a preference over one over the other its what you prefer. Some of ya'll do too much. If you want to fall on the "sword" then talk about Jason Whitlock blaming Black women for the situation with the 5 cops. That is more of an issue then Stephen A talking about who he prefers.

    • @Nun Ya wellllll she'll nvr be a Bey their 2diff people and Bey will nvr be a Rihanna 🤷🏾‍♂️

    • @BIG Drawls lol I am putting women against each other. YES, I was the one who said “She ain’t no Beyonce’”😏

    • @BIG Drawls " However the music game is different than the sports world" We LITERALLY rank who is the best hip hop artists 365 days a year , and nobody saying we pitting kendrick against j Cole. Heck MJ and Prince been debated who is the goat , and none of the fanbases call for infighting. It's just debates that will last for all of time. Everyone is entitled to their favorites, SAS included. We need to get to the point where we can respectfully disagree and move on, instead of attaching narratives that are false equivalencies, if I am unsure about what someone said, it is ok to ask rather than to assume. would save a lot of headaches and "cancel culture", in my honest opinion.

    • Y'ALL need to stop doing that, Y'ALL are the one's putting two blk females against each other. You either have a favorite entertainer or you dnt. If it was 2 men entertainers Y'ALL wouldn't say "why are Y'ALL putting 2 blk men against each other" it's competition every entertainer wants there fans to feel like their the best. Smh

  • Love Stephen A... Point blank!😍😍😍

  • Is it me or has Envy's interviewing skills gone up a notch or two?

  • Now I really do respect Stephen A Smith he stood on what he said no matter how CTG wanted to make him change his mind and apologize. At the end of the day Everybody has an opinion and preference

  • Finally a decent Breakfast Club interview. Starting to get 2015 - 2016 vibes

  • I love her energy. She is booked and busy tho. And she has a lot of industry friends that I’m sure she’d rather remain mum on their private lives

  • LaLa is literally GREATNESS. Best female host so far. Jason Lee best overall banter.

    • @Tina Stardust Im glad someone said it! Even my girl game in (who is a La La fan) and said "what is she wearing?" But the "raptor claws crowd" see nothing wrong with it


    • @Tina Stardust bruh!!! N didnt not one thing special just basic stuff we've all heard coming up.

    • @Fred Thomas SMH..What has the world come to? I remember when saying someone was great at something really had true meaning. I'm trying to figure out what was great about someone being slumped over in a chair in sunglasses, with claws for fingernails, with your backside showing was great??