Stephen A. Smith sorry that his butt preference hurt ESPN
Stephen A. Smith will apologize for becoming a national story, even if it bewilders him.
The ESPN talking head said, “I guess it’s appropriate to apologize,” after he stated his female body-part preference in an interview with Snoop Dogg that was posted Tuesday.
On Snoop’s YouTube-based show on GGN News, Smith declared his affection for women’s behinds. In addressing the hubbub this caused in a #MeToo era at a Disney-owned company, Smith maintained he has been asked that same question — chest or butt — many times and is vexed it’s being thrust into the spotlight now.
“The reason why I [apologize] is because the attention it’s brought to my employers obviously for the wrong reasons,” Smith said on his radio show. “And I have to own that. I don’t want to come across as sounding nonchalant or anything, I’m just being honest.
“I’ve always answered the question the same way. And I’ve answered the question the same way since I’ve been in this business, over 25 years. … Anytime I’ve been asked that specific question, I’ve literally given the same answer.”
It’s unclear when else he was asked about his butt bias. The interview with Snoop, Smith said, took place eight months ago, though it was published Tuesday.
“Always, always ass. That’s true,” Smith said on the show. “I know I’m associated with Walt Disney, but everyone knows I’m a bottom feeder.”
ESPN, which directed a request for comment to Smith’s apology, is currently enmeshed in a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee, which is not connected to Smith.