Stephen A. Smith: “Ladies and gentlemen there is no way around this. This is ‘White Privilege’. This does not happen for a black man. No experience whatsoever on any level as a coach and you get the Brooklyn Nets job? I know Kyrie and KD have both signed off on this, and I know they both support this move, but I’m thinking about a champion that is Ty Lue, passed up. I’m thinking about a guy who built the foundation for the Golden State Warriors, Mark Jackson, passed up. I’m thinking about the years Sam Cassell has served as an assistant, passed up. And for, my God, one of the best guys you can possibly meet in your life and may do a fantastic job, but for a guy who has no experience ever in these times where we’re making all of this noise about social justice… How the hell does this always happen for somebody else other than us?? Why is it that we always have to be twice as good to get half as much?? Why is it that no matter what we do and how hard we work, and how we go through the processes and the terrain of everything, somehow, someway there is another excuse to ignore that criteria, to ignore those credentials, and instead bypass it and make an exception to the rule for someone other than us. I’m depressed right now because I have to bring that up, because Steve Nash doesn’t deserve it, and I think he’s going to do a hell of a job in Brooklyn… I love this brother Steve Nash. He is a beautiful person and I’m so happy for him just on its face, but I take into account all that it entails, and I think about the Black men that were passed up IN BROOKLYN." (Full Segment Above)
Listen to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith explain why he thought the Brooklyn Nets’ hire of two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash was a glaring example of ‘White Privilege.’
Check out the segment above as Smith acknowledges how good of a person Nash is, and how he thinks Nash will do a great job with the Nets, but says disguised and experienced Black candidates the likes of Mark Jackson, Ty Lue, and Sam Cassell shouldn’t have been passed over for a White coach with zero experience, and especially during these tense times of racial tension.