There are some people who feel uncomfortable harshly criticizing college football players in public, considering they're "student athletes" and not yet professionals. ESPN's Stephen A. Smith is not one of those people.
The ESPN personality has been harshly criticizing Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts and his throwing ability - well, his lack of throwing ability - all season. And it's continuing.
Smith responded to an Alabama fan on Twitter this week.
"I didn’t berate Jalen Hurts. I said he can’t throw the football effectively. He’s not playing in the privacy of his bedroom or something. He playing for Alabama. You want sensitivity, tell him to throw the football in his backyard where no one will see him."
Smith was responding to a fan who said he was too harsh on Hurts during an appearance on Paul Finebaum's show.
Here's what he said on that show, per 247Sports:
"Jalen Hurts, to me, can not throw the football as a quarterback,” Smith said. "I wish him nothing but the best. I’m not saying he doesn’t have a role at Alabama. I’m talking about for the purposes as a quarterback, your ability to throw the football is what I care about most. And when I saw him, I’ve never been impressed with his ability to throw the football."
Hurts played in backup duty for Alabama on Saturday. It appears he's willing to stick out the year in Tuscaloosa, Ala.