Stephen A Smith Laments MLB for Players Policing Themselves While ‘Predominantly’ Black NFL, NBA Have More Rules

During Friday’s “First Take” on ESPN, Stephen A. Smith reacted to Colombian-born Atlanta Braves pitcher Julio Teheran plunking Dominican Republic-born Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista in the thigh the day after Bautista stared at Braves pitcher Eric O’Flaherty and flipped his bat on a home run while his team was trailing 8-3 in the 8th inning. Teheran hit Bautista, who was involved in a scuffle in 2016 for showboating, and the outfielder took his base and the game continued. “It’s America’s national past time,” Smith stated. “It’s associated with the past in certain ways that we don’t need to get into at this particular moment on this show, but every damn body knows what I’m talking about.” Smith went on a rant lamenting how Major League Baseball, which he pointed out to have more white players, allows players to police themselves by throwing at each other while “predominantly African-American” sports like the National Football League and the National Basketball Association have rules for dress code and player safety, saying baseball “lends itself towards a culture that has never gone away.” Partial transcript as follows: [B]aseball in terms of its African-American population makes up about 6.7 percent of the baseball populous. Obviously, you