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Stephen A Smith apologizes for Shohei Ohtani comments

Sports talking head Stephen A Smith has apologized following a ton of backlash over his comments about MLB superstar Shohei Ohtani. On Monday, Smith went on a rant against Ohtani being the face of the MLB while needing an interpreter on ESPN”s “First Take,” reports Yahoo. Ohtani was born in Japan and recently became an Anaheim Angels where he is leading the league in home runs while having an amazing year as a pitcher.

“But when you talk about an audience gravitating to the tube or to the ballpark to actually watch you, I don’t think it helps that the number one face is a dude that needs an interpreter so you can understand what the hell he’s saying,” Smith said.

Check out the whole segment below:

Backlash ensued and Smith found himself in the middle of a social media storm with some calling his rant xenophobic. People said Smith was just adding to the negative stereotypes of Asians especially during a time when Anti-Asian hate has seen a sharp rise.

Consequently, Smith went on social media to clarify that he was talking about the marketability of the sport and people were misinterpreting what he was saying.

“I’m talking about the marketability the promotion of the sport … 28 percent of the players in Major League Baseball are foreign players. A lot of them need translators … If you are ab sport trying to ingratiate yourself with the American public the way Major League Baseball is, because of the problems that you’ve been having to deal with in terms of improving the attractiveness of the sport, it helps that if you spoke the English language,” Smith said.

But people said he missed the whole point on why people were upset. Which eventually led Stephen A Smith to issue an apology.

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