Stephen A. Smith has responded to Lamar Odom through ESPN on Friday night. Smith, who had this to say on Thursday about Odom, while talking about Knicks president Phil jackson :
Why Stephen A. Smith gotta do Lamar Odom like that 💀💀 pic.twitter.com/9H4xwL7WIG
— Ben (@BenKnicks18) June 22, 2017
Here is how Odom responded on Friday to Smith and ESPN through his attorney Saam Zangeneh:
#slander #ihopewearebetterthanthis pic.twitter.com/rcG1mPFTKR
— LAMAR ODOM (@RealLamarOdom) June 23, 2017
Here is Smith’s apology from Friday night:
Because of my personal affection for Lamar Odom — and only for that reason — I want to return to my comments about something I’ve repeated quite often over the last few days: the flagrant ineptitude that I feel has been on continual display by Knick’s President Phil Jackson.
My comments were NOT to put any more focus on Lamar Odom’s much publicized drug use and addiction. He was not the target of my ire.
The sole focus of my comments were directed at the unmitigated disaster that Phil Jackson has created since he’s arrived in New York. It my opinion, he simply couldn’t leave soon enough.
Lamar Odom is simply one of the nicest athletes any of us have encountered, and has always been a gentlemen to everyone in NBA circles — including me — which is something I’ve repeated throughout the years.
That’s why it’s worth repeating: Lamar Odom was not the focus of my ire. My comments were entirely, totally, meant for Phil Jackson. Anyone who loves the NY Knicks, who’ve witnessed what has been transpiring over the last three years, know exactly who I was directing my comments to.
Should be interesting to see how Odom responds to Smith’s apology.