Kenny Smith Walks Off ‘Inside the NBA’ Set to Support NBA Player Boycotts
Kenny smith has just left the set of “Inside the NBA” in solidarity with NBA players who are boycotting Wednesday’s playoff games.
“As a black man, as a former player … I think it’s better for me to support the players and not be here tonight,” Smith said.
Smith then unplugged his mic and walked off the set – leaving the co-hosts Charles barkley, Shaquille O’neal and Ernie Johnson to finish the show without him.
Before leaving, Smith explained his decision this way …
“Right now my head is like about to explode,” Smith said of the aftermath of the Jacob blake police shooting in Wisconsin.
Smith says he can’t stop thinking about the incident and the issues surrounding it – whether in the car or in the broadcast studio – and he felt a strong compulsion to take some sort of action. .
After he left, Ernie Johnson said he respected Kenny’s decision … and they continued the show.
Smith, 55, won 2 NBA titles in his 10 year career and became a key member of the “Inside the NBA” team, the most popular basketball show on television.
As we previously reported, the Milwaukee Bucks refused to go to court for Game 5 of their playoff series with the Orlando Magic. Other NBA teams have followed suit.
Ultimately, the NBA said all 3 games would be postponed to a later date.
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