Stephen A. Smith Has A Message For Ja Morant And His Father

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Stephen A. Smith Visits SiriusXM's 'The Howard Stern Show'
Stephen A. Smith visits SiriusXM's 'The Howard Stern Show' at SiriusXM Studios on January 18, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Stephen A. Smith had a lot to say about the Morant situation.

Stephen A. Smith is someone who always tries to tell it like it is, no matter what the circumstances are. If you have been paying attention to the NBA as of late, you know that the latest discourse is centered around Ja Morant. Overall, this is due to his recent behavior. For instance, he was recently seen waving a gun on Instagram live. Furthermore, he has been hit with a bevy of allegations that could very well derail his young career. Needless to say, Morant needs to take a deep breath and figure himself out before stepping on the court again.

The Grizzlies have subsequently suspended Ja Morant indefinitely. As for Stephen A., he has been tasked with speaking on Morant. Over the weekend, Smith laid out the fact for Ja, noting that the NBA has people watching their players' every move. Smith even claims that the NBA has ties to the FBI and that they will catch you if you step out of line. It was an ominous sort of warning, although it is one that many players need to hear. Today on First Take, however, Smith had a direct message for Tee Morant, Ja's father.

Stephen A. Reacts

“I’m simply trying to highlight and illuminate to Tee Morant the importance of him being a dad," Smith said. "You raised him. You helped get him to this point. Make sure that you don’t let anybody get in the way of what he is on the verge of accomplishing. Make sure you do your part in protecting him instead of joining in to have a good time like you’re one of his boys. You’re not one of his boys. You’re his dad." This is a very poignant message that could very well go a long way. In fact, it is a sentiment that Shannon Sharpe also shared.

As for the FBI stuff, Smith reiterated his position on First Take this morning. He made it clear that Morant needs to be careful, and that the NBA took a similar approach with Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson back in the day. Hopefully, every player in the league listens to this message. These are valuable things to know, especially in the digital age. You can check out some of Smith's comments, down below.

Smith On The NBA And FBI


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Alexander Cole is the current Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop. He started at HotNewHipHop back in 2018 where he began as a Sports and Sneakers writer. During this time, he has shown an expertise in Air Jordans, Yeezys, and all things that have to do with Nike. His favorite kicks are the Air Jordan 1 High OG, the Air Jordan 4, the Air Jordan 6, and the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in the "Beluga 2.0" colorway. Although his collection might not be the biggest, he is always looking to add new styles to it. When it comes to sports, Alex has a particular interest in the NBA and the NFL. His favorite teams are anywhere LeBron goes, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a Montrealer, the Montreal Canadiens hold a special place in his heart, even if they haven't won the Stanley Cup in his lifetime. Alex also works for the Concordia Stingers, where he provides play-by-play and color commentary for the football, hockey, and basketball teams His favorite hip-hop artists are Kendrick Lamar, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert.