Stephen A. Smith finally admitted a mistake in his assessment of future NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins during his Tuesday radio show.
In a Barstool Sports article, Coley Mick took issue with Stephen A. Smith’s First Take opinion that Celtics fans give Gordon Hayward preferential treatment because he’s white. Mick complimented the ESPN host, but also notes his ability to have a “putrid take,” including the opinion that Haskins is a running quarterback. During his ESPN radio show on Tuesday, Stephen A. addressed the article and for the first time acknowledged his Haskins take might have been off-base.
“I was foolish enough to say that cause I watched a game against Purdue where he ran the ball 15 times and I watched him against Michigan where he was playing the spread offense and being evasive before throwing the football, but that’s fair, I don’t have a problem with that, nobody’s perfect and neither am I.”
Haskins ran the ball five times against Purdue this past season, but did have 15 rushing attempts against Maryland. Still, a 5.04 40-time at the Scouting Combine is far from a running quarterback.
When Stephen A. offered his opinion of Haskins being more of a runner than Kyler Murray last month, most people expected the ESPN star to admit the blunder. Instead, Smith chose to double down on the take, tweeting “Haskins is bigtime. I know this. And I’m not saying he CAN’T pass. But I view him the way I view him. Just an eye-test thing. I’m not talking statistically. Make of it what you will.”
It only took a month, but Stephen A. finally acknowledged what everyone knew, that he made a mistake referring to Haskins as a running quarterback after watching two Ohio State games.