Stephen A. Smith's mouth seems to have gotten him into trouble again on ESPN's "First Take" on Thursday morning. This time it wasn't any inane point that he was trying to make or illogical argument that he was staging with Skip Bayless. Rather, it sounds a lot like Smith let fly with some inappropriate language.
While discussing Kobe Bryant's foot injury, Smith scoffed at the notion that the five-time NBA champion would sit out for the season opener and may have accidentally dropped a racial slur.
Here's what it sounds like Smith said:
"Opening night. Kobe Bryant is going to miss it because, 'my foot is sprained?' Are you crazy, nigga please," Smith may have said.
Perhaps the most ridiculous part about this incident is that it would mark the second time in less than a year that Smith "may have" said the n-word live on ESPN. In December 2011, a frustrated Smith "may have" used it while talking about how LeBron James should be more like Kobe.
Smith denied saying it then on Twitter. He hasn't denied Thursday morning's incident yet.
UPDATE: Instead of using Twitter this time, Stephen A. Smith denied saying the n-word later on ESPN.
Also on HuffPost:
Skip Bayless recently raised eyebrows bringing up PED use with regards to Derek Jeter's stellar 18th season. The 13-time All-Star shortstop responded saying, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/23/derek-jeter-skip-bayless-hgh-tested_n_1823737.html" target="_hplink">"Maybe Skip should be tested."</a>
In the summer of 2011, Troy Aikman was asked about Skip Bayless speculating in his book published in 1996 that the Hall of Fame QB might be gay. Aikman hinted that if the two ever were to meet, <a href="http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2011/08/troy-aikman-hints-that-he-migh.html/" target="_hplink">it might get physical. </a> "I will tell you this. I've not seen -- I've not physically seen Skip Bayless since that time," he said, via the <a href="http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2011/08/troy-aikman-hints-that-he-migh.html/" target="_hplink">Dallas Morning News</a>. "That was in '95. And I still kind of wonder what I might do to him when I do see him."
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe took exception to Skip Bayless referring Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff as a "nonplayer" after missing a crucial field goal in a playoff game. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/24/chris-kluwe-vikings-punter-skip-bayless-espn_n_1229086.html" target="_hplink">Kluwe went on a Twitter rant ripping Bayless and then told Bob Sansevere of the Pioneer Post</a> one of the insults he would say to Bayless if ever on "First Take." <blockquote>"I hope you fall down an elevator shaft onto a burning pile of rusted AIDS needles."</blockquote>