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ESPN’s Stephen A Smith defends Steve Harvey, calls for use of ‘intellect not our emotions’ with Donald Trump

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith spoke out on Dr. Martin Luther King Day during his “First Take,” to defend black leaders and celebrities who have met with the President-elect, particularly Steve Harvey, who was attacked after their meeting, calling Trump a “great man.” The video clip is below.

Smith said that “…perhaps it is time for all of us to see the big picture, to essentially pay more attention to the issues permeating our society, what it will take to resolve them, and connecting ourselves to who we can ultimately hold accountable rather than focusing on disdain for that very individual in a position to make a difference. Knowing that is not going to get us anywhere.”

“Has anyone thought about what impact it could have if Trump spoke to LeBron James? How about Steph Curry? How about Mike Tomlin, Tony Dungy, Chris Paul, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles or a host of conscientious sports figures connected to communities, committed to helping inner cities ascend from an abyss that has plagued us for decades. What then? Will they be sellouts, too, just for meeting with the man?”

“Here is hoping Trump calls all of those guys and then some,” Smith said. “So, why have a problem with Steve Harvey? While few of us are interested in hearing praise for Trump at this moment, let’s not confuse that with recognizing the position he is in, respecting it and using our intellect to decipher where we go from here  — not our emotions. After all, how far has that gotten us?”

The full rant can be read on the next page.

photo/ Mary Pahlke via pixabay

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