Stephen A. Smith got political on his show on Mad Dog Sports Radio last Friday. The ESPN sports commentator said, “all lives do matter,” when discussing Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s comments made earlier in the week regarding “Black Lives Matter.”
Sherman commented at a press conference in response to a meme picturing the cornerback and Marshawn Lynch. The meme was accompanied by a caption reading, “When we gon Kill These KKKrakas Bro.” In his statement to the press, the Stanford graduate and Seahawks cornerback condemned the “all-out war against police or any race of people,” further stating that “… if black lives matter, then they should matter all the time.”
Stephen A. Smith, defending Sherman’s comments, explained why he agrees with the cornerbacks views.
Here is a transcript of Stephen A. Smith’s comments:
“Let’s be clear, although I support the reality, black lives do matter. They certainly should matter. We certainly should matter. Don’t think for one second that neither myself, nor Richard Sherman, or anyone from the black community with a shred of intellect and intelligence finds everything right about the movement itself.
“Understand that the movement comes from the aftermath of the whole Trayvon Martin situation, involving George Zimmerman, and ultimately him being found not guilty – of the murder – of the fatality that involved Trayvon Martin. It bred from that.
“It wants to address police brutality, and in some instances, it absolutely, positively is right. There is a concern. There are some bad cops. There are bad things happening to black people. It does need to be addressed. There’s no doubt about that.
“But as Richard Sherman so eloquently stated, virtually echoing what I said verbatim, all lives do matter – Black, White, Latino, Asian, Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, Native America. The list goes on and on. If you’re a human being, you’re one of God’s creatures.”