ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Apologizes After Criticizing Shohei Ohtani’s English
The top editorial personality on ESPN, Stephen A. Smith, apologized after his commentary about Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani drew intense criticism. On Monday’s “First Take,” Smith questioned Ohtani’s marketability as the face of Major League Baseball because the Japanese hitter and pitcher answers most questions asked in English through an interpreter. In a follow-up social media video, Smith said people were misinterpreting his words. He later posted a written apology on Twitter.