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Stephen A. Smith Bashes Curt Schilling, Challenges Him To A Debate

Stephen A. Smith and Curt Schilling.

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling was fired by ESPN last month after a series of controversial social media posts - and he's made it clear that he isn't exactly impressed with the network's decision. One of his former coworkers isn't exactly impressed with Schilling's take on the whole matter.

Stephen A. Smith, who is a lightning rod for controversy himself, took some shots at Schilling on the SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio show. He also challenged him to a debate regarding Schilling's firing - noting that he'd need ESPN's permission. Smith repeatedly mentions that Schilling's unwillingness to listen to his employer is what lost him his job.

“You (Schilling) want to sit here and have a debate about what really went on?” an indignant SAS asked. “Name the time and place and I’ll show up, with the permission of ESPN — of course. I guess listening to my boss makes me a bad guy. Well guess what? I’d rather be bad than stupid.”

“I can’t stand people who worked for ESPN that depart from ESPN clearly harboring whatever bitterness they harbor and try to throw talent under the bus — like talent has something to do with them being gone,” Smith said on SXM. “I have nothing to do with it.”

“Let me speak up on behalf of ESPN when I say this to Curt Schilling: ...You are gone not because you have conservative views instead of liberal views. Your ass is gone because you did not want to listen,” Smith said on SXM. “ESPN tells me to shut-up, they’re my employer whether I like it or not. If I want to keep my job, I’ve got to shut the hell up.”

Smith is clearly playing the company man card, for whatever it's worth. It's an interesting take from someone who has gotten himself in trouble with his employer before.

Either way, we'd love to see this debate. We doubt it'll ever come to fruition, however.

[NY Daily News]