Giants: Stephen A. Smith goes nuts over Tiki Barber comments, threatens to air dirty laundry

New York Giants, Tiki Barber

The New York Giants haven’t exactly had the most positive bout of media attention over the past few weeks, ranging from Brian Flores indicting the organization in a lawsuit to rock bottom on the football field.

Flores’s comments spurred an uproar from analysts and talking heads across the sports-scape, one of which was former Giants running back, Tiki Barber.

Barber came to the defense of ownership, indicating that they would never disrespect a minority candidate in the way Flores brought to light.

“The fact that the Maras, and I always say this with the Tisches as well, they embraced me like I was family, you know what I mean? And so, I know them intimately, so when I say that I don’t believe they’re racist — I know they’re not,” Barber told Brandon Tierney on their WFAN Sports Radio show “Tiki & Tierney.”

Barber went on to target Stephen A. Smith for his comments regarding the organization:

“I can’t sit here, with conviction, like Stephen A. [Smith], who doesn’t know anybody in the Giants’ organization and claim that they’re a racist organization. I would never do that. The only reason I would do that is because I’m trying to make a point, and my point is that Brian Flores is trying to make a point,” said Barber.

“Tiki Barber took the liberty of sounding off about me [on Feb. 2], talking how about I called the New York Giants racist and how I don’t know anybody there … First of all, I don’t recall calling the Giants racist. I brought to the attention that you got a guy like [team owner] John Mara on the [NFL’s] Diversity Committee and this man has never hired a black coach in the history of the franchise — one of only six franchises to do it,” Smith said.

“Tiki, you don’t know who the hell I know. I’ve been a journalist for almost 30 years, I know a few people within the Giants organization,” Smith said, before making he matter a bit more personal

“I know a lot of stuff about you, my brother, that I would never say because I have the decency not to say those things.”

There’s no telling with Smith knows about Barber, but this was a clear threat from a media member that makes a living sensationalizing stories for entertainment.

This New York Knicks fan continues to get worse

New York Knicks

On Monday, this ‘so called’ New York Knicks fan continues to be a pessimist.  Stephen A. Smith said “without KD the Knicks have no hope!”

Smith is a big Knicks fan, we will give him that.  However, over the past few years, he continues to get worse and worse.

Smith does not seem to believe in the Knicks at all.  Knicks fans, all over, appear to agree with the direction the team is heading.  They have youthful talent and cap space to offer two max contracts.  The Knicks have a very well respected and liked head coach.  They also have a general manager who know clearly knows how to steer a franchise in the right direction.

What am I missing?

Again, Smith said that the without Kevin Durant there is no hope.  Durant going to miss all next season.  Even if he choices the Knicks, he is not stepping foot on the Garden floor next season.  So, there is not much hope he is bringing the Knicks next season anyway.  Although, Durant can attract another free agent for next season.

But, saying that the Knicks have no hope is wrong.  The Knicks just drafted a young stud in RJ Barrett, who is a freak athlete and who wanted to come to New York.  If there is any hope, it is Barrett.

Barrett can be a player that does bring hope to a franchise.  Other people that bring hope for the Knicks are Coach Fizdale and GM Scott Perry.

Perry, alone, should be the one person fans look towards that gives the Knicks hope.  He was able to trade away bad contracts, get the Knicks first-round draft picks and put a young core of players in place.  Again, what am I missing?

While Smith can not be faulted for his fiery passion for the Knicks, nothing ever is good enough.  The Knicks are in the best position for the future that they have been in several years.  But again, not good enough.

Many Knicks fans have been pessimists for years.  But, when there is light at the end of the tunnel, Smith continues take it one step further.  No wonder why NBA fans, do not like the Knicks and want to see them continue to struggle.