Stephen A. Smith made it very clear earlier this week that he is sticking beside Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after a photo of him trying to stop Black students from entering North Little Rock High School surfaced online.
The photo was taken in 1957 when Jones was either 14 or 15 and it shows six Black students trying to enter the high school while surrounded by white boys and men attempting to stop them from doing so. This was a notable event in history and marked a turn in school desegregation.
Outrage followed the photo, with many from the sports world calling out Jones. However, the ESPN First Take host defended Jones in the scandal. He started off his rant by stating the way people are reacting to the photo has him “pretty pissed off.”
“I’m pissed off because he doesn’t deserve what just happened. He doesn’t deserve it. One report, our report, said he was 14 years old. Another report said he was 15 years old. At minimum, that’s 65 years ago,”
“I don’t have a problem with a photo. If he was 30, 35, 40 years old, that’s different,” the 55-year-old added.
Former NFL running back Le’Veon Bell has a problem with his comments and he summed it up in one disrespectful tweet.