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Stephen A. Smith's Former Colleague: "The Damage Is Done Here"

Closeup of ESPN's Stephen A. Smith of First Take.

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 13: TV personality Stephen A. Smith attends the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest during NBA All-Star Weekend 2016 at Air Canada Centre on February 13, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Stephen A. Smith is not shy of throwing out hot takes, but his latest thoughts on the Josh Gordon situation have gotten him in some hot water.

Smith has taken criticism for his comments on Gordon, mental illness and addiction. He's even been called out by a former colleague.

Action Network's Darren Rovell took Smith to task on Twitter for his statements.

"A fan of Stephen A the broadcaster and the man. But the damage done here to the conversation about mental health is immense," Rovell wrote. "Apology not needed. Best thing he can do is educate himself first. Then use his platform to educate others."

Smith made his comments about Gordon yesterday after news broke that the wide receiver is stepping away from the NFL to focus on mental healthy. Gordon was suspended again by the league for a violation of its substance policy.

Here is a transcript of what he said.

“I don’t want to come across as harsh or unsympathetic to Josh Gordon. We all understand and we wish him nothing but the best. But let’s be very, very clear here.

You’ve got a whole bunch of people talking about ‘it’s a disease, it’s a disease’ because it’s an addiction. Well I’m not going to debunk or eliminate the notion that it’s a disease. But how did it become one?

Because you can’t get addicted to something you never try. This isn’t cancer. This isn’t Alzheimers disease, dementia or something like that. This is self-inflicted.”

ESPN has not commented on what Smith said as of now.