In the wide world of hot sports takes, no one quite brings it like ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. The winner of our "Most Annoying People In Sports Media" bracket may have had an all-time great moment, even by his own lofty standards, this morning when discussing the O.J. Simpson trial, which has leapt back into public consciousness with FX's fantastic American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson and the debut of ESPN's five-part 30 For 30 documentary series O.J.: Made in America on Saturday.
During a lengthy discussion of the first part of Ezra Edelman's acclaimed documentary, Smith said that he would not have let Simpson walk as a juror, and that if he had prosecuted the case instead of Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, there is "no way in hell" he would have lost to case to Johnnie Cochran and the rest of Simpson's "Dream Team."
The Big Lead transcribed Smith's rant.
“I have profound respect for the late Johnny Cochran, God rest his soul,” he said. “It might be the cockiest thing I’ve ever said … Christopher Darden and Marcia Clark did an absolutely horrendous job as prosecutors. Because if it were me, there’s no way in hell that Johnny Cochran would have beaten me with that evidence that I, that they, had. I’m telling you right now, I’m not even a lawyer. There is no way that you would have put 12 jurors in front of me with that evidence and I would have lost it, even to Johnny Cochrane. I’d have won that trial. I’ve often said that.”
As a reminder, in case this isn't clear, Johnnie Cochran was a famously successful lawyer. Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden were both lawyers. Stephen A. Smith is not, nor has he ever been, a lawyer.
Never change, Stephen A.
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