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Stephen A. Smith welcomes Channing, Fred and Ryan into his home for a special edition of The Pivot.
Working together at ESPN, Ryan and Stephen A. talk about how their relationship got off to a rocky start and how the two men were able to eventually figure it out and come to good terms.
Never one to hold back his opinion, Stephen A. shares his thoughts on topics ranging from his personal life to Kyrie to James Harden partying to the Iverson days to taking over “First Take” from Skip Bayless. The former college athlete details his journey into sports media and growing up in a household of women who were his toughest critics.
“I never dreamed in my wildest dreams that I would be in a position where I’d walk into an arena and be more popular than 90% of the players,” Stephen A. tells the guys as he opens up about his current stardom.
Ryan talks about some of the more controversial stories Stephen A has sounded off on over the years including Colin Kaepernick, race issues and being suspended from ESPN.
Rounding out the conversation, Fred talks about making mistakes along the way and relationships with athletes as Stephen A says: I don’t try to protect players from being accountable, I try to protect players from being character assassinated for who they are,”.
Prying about the mysterious personal life of Stephen A. and why that is something he chooses not to share with the world, Channing says, “Why not talk about it, I mean I’ve seen your house, I’d date you”. The First Take host jokingly responds, “I never ask anyone about their personal life, ever, So I don’t answer questions about mine.”
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