Stephen A. Smith has said a lot of really stupid things on First Take, SportsCenter, and other ESPN shows over the last few years that have rubbed people the wrong way. But he took a particularly uncomfortable stance on Twitter this afternoon that has a lot of people scratching their heads right now.

After sending out a series of sports-related tweets this morning, Smith suddenly turned his attention to the recent controversy involving Presidential candidate Martin O'Malley saying, "Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter," during a conference while discussing police violence against African-American people. O'Malley was booed off stage at the event and later issued an apology for his choice of words. But in Smith's opinion, there was nothing wrong with what he said. Here are the tweets he sent out:

As you'd expect, these tweets have not been well received. Talib Kweli saw them almost immediately and sent a response in Smith's direction:

Killer Mike also responded with this:

And over the last hour, "Stephen A Smith" has started to trend on Twitter, which has caused a string of reactions from others as well. Here are just a few of the responses that we have come across:

The reactions don't seem to be bothering Smith, who has already moved on to tweeting about Ty Lawson joining the Rockets. But stay tuned. We'll be sure to update you on what else he and ESPN have to say about this.


Smith sent out a long tweet clarifying his position:

Here is the full statement:

I didn't hear Gov. Martin O'Malley's interview. And I'm not debating the significance of "Black Lives Matter." I'm a BLACK MAN! I know this. 
Nor am I focusing on O'Malley's words or context itself. That's really not the issue to me.
The issue is: as much as attention was so desperately aimed towards "Black Lives Matter," where is all this noise when Black folks are getting killed in our communities every single day? Does it only matter when we're getting killed OUTSIDE OF OUR COMMUNITY, by folks who look differently than us?
That was my point. It IS my point. It will REMAIN my point. And I'm not changing my position one bit.
Whatever context O'Malley made in saying "All Lives Matter" is his issue to deal with. The same could be said for Hillary Rodham-Clinton when she alluded to that weeks ago. But it still does not negate the point that if we've reached a point where a PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE is forced to apologize and engage in clarification when choosing to say "ALL LIVES MATTER" -- while a few Black Folks are allowed to reign terror throughout our own community by killing one another with nary a word said about it, then the problems that truly permeate the Black Community will never be resolved.
It's the truth. Deal with it.
No Black Man with a soul would dream of attacking the movement that is "Black Lives Matter." I'm certainly not doing any such thing. I never will.
Just make sure I hear #BlackLivesMatter ALL the time.
Specifically, when we're getting killed by one another

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