ESPN pundit Stephen A. Smith has slammed US track and field star Noah Lyles after his comments about NBA title winners.
The sprinter, 26, questioned why hoops stars refer to themselves as “world champions” after winning a championship even though the NBA is a domestic league.
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“You know what hurts me the most is that I have to watch the NBA Finals and they have ‘world champion’ on their head,” Lyles said after winning three gold medals at the 2023 World Championships.
“World champion of what? The United States?”
A number of NBA stars, including Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Damian Lillard, publicly criticised Lyles for the remark.
And Stephen A. took their side on Monday’s First Take.
First, the sportscaster congratulated Lyles for his victory in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash as well as the 4×100-meter relay in Budapest, Hungary, where the tournament took place.