Stephen A. Smith doesn’t want to hear about Tom Brady’s new broadcast gig with Fox Sports — at least until the quarterback is physically in the dressing room.
“Forgive me if I don’t care that much,” Smith said during Tuesday’s episode of ESPN’s “First Take.” “I’m interested in seeing him play this year and trying to win another Super Bowl. Call me when he’s in the booth.”
Smith’s reaction came just hours after Fox Sports confirmed Tuesday that Brady will join the network as lead analyst and name the NFL’s biggest games after finally hanging up his jersey. The quarterback has one year left on his contract with the Buccaneers.
The Post’s Andrew Marchand reported that Brady’s deal with Fox Sports is worth a staggering $375 million over 10 years. It was a hot topic on shows across all networks, including Smith’s “First Take”.
“I think he’s going to be absolutely amazing,” Smith continued, praising Brady for landing the new gig. “He deserves it. I’m happy for him. But I’m interested in seeing him play. I couldn’t give a damn about him in the dressing room now.
“Do we really care now? … If he were retired and in the dressing room it would be different, but when he’s about to play do you really care?
When First Take host Molly Qerim moved to the Sixers-Heat NBA Playoffs series, ESPN analyst and former NFL defense end Marcus Spears called Smith “so biased” about his comments about Brady.
“If they made an announcement while Michael Jordan was playing for the league that he was going to be on the TNT team, you’d have 30 minutes on the damn show about it,” Spears said. Smith is part of the broadcast crew for TNT’s “NBA Countdown” show.
“I don’t care until he actually does it,” Smith replied. “If he does, I watch, I want to see. Will he be as good as Tony Romo? However. But until then he has one season to play at Tampa Bay, see you when you get there.
Meanwhile, Skip Bayless, Smith’s former First Take co-host, welcomed Brady to Fox on his show with the channel. Bayless left ESPN for Fox in 2016.
“Congratulations to Tom and especially congratulations to us,” an enthusiastic Bayless told Undisputed on Tuesday.
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