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Stephen A. Smith apologizes to Carmelo Anthony for blasting him earlier in the week

Stephen A. Smith isn’t normally one to back down from a hot take. In fact, that’s how he makes a living.

Smith was forced into an apology yesterday after hearing some clarification from Carmelo Anthony regarding certain comments he made earlier in the week.

It all started with Anthony being quoted saying this by ESPN’s Marc Stein:

“Most athletes don’t have an opportunity to say that they won a gold medal, better yet three gold medals. I would be very happy walking away from the game knowing that I’ve given the game everything I have, knowing I played on a high level at every level: high school, college, won [a championship at Syracuse] in college and possibly three gold medals.

“I can look back on it when my career is over — if I don’t have an NBA championship ring — and say I had a great career.”

Smith responded to those comments like this:


Anthony has since claimed his comments were taken out of context. He talked to Smith after getting blasted by him and this is what Carmelo told him:

Of course I’ve still got a few years to go, of course I’m still pursuing an NBA championship, and I’m starving for it. If I look back on my career and I don’t win a championship and what I have to lean on is what I accomplished in college, what I accomplished in the pros, what I accomplished in Olympic competition, I’m going to look at my career as being a great career. But I have unfinished business. Trust me on that.

Smith is a die-hard Knicks fan who really took personal what Anthony was originally quoted saying. Seems like they’re cool now after talking it out.

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