First Take co-host Max Kellerman slammed SEC football fans Thursday in a clip that went viral on social media, and his discussion of willingness to consume “ shoddy information ” spread and sparked a heated exchange with Stephen A. Smith on Friday. show.
During a segment on former Bears star Brian Urlacher, who liked an Instagram post defending 17-year-old Kenosha shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse and criticizing NBA players for boycotting the games, Kellerman said said he felt Urlacher was sensitive to far-right propaganda.
In response, Smith warned Kellerman not to generalize about Urlacher or other segments of the population – and things got a bit lively.
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an interesting exchange …
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Smith: “You know you have to be careful with generalization. When you talk about shoddy information, you need to be specific about it. Excuse me, just like you mentioned Fox News – there are people who might watch CNN or MSNBC and they are going to get their opinion on those networks.
Kellerman: “No, it’s not a matter of opinion, Stephen A. I’m talking about independent fact-checking and quality-of-information organizations…”
Smith: “Max… Max… Max, you’re not right. Wait. No no. We have listened to you! We heard you, okay! But the point is, you know Brian Urlacher got this information from Fox News? Do you know this? How do you know which TV network he was watching? That’s the point….”
Kellerman: “No, I didn’t, and I didn’t say he did.”
Smith: “Don’t even talk about it. You mentioned shoddy news, you mentioned Fox News. I look at them all, I look at them all….
Kellerman: “No, but I saw some facts, some facts that he was incorrect on, including [Jacob Blake] reaches for the knife, because that’s where it’s framed in silos of shoddy information.
Smith: “Look, I saw ‘certain facts’ everywhere. There are a multitude of points of sale…. we heard you. See, this is your problem! Because you love to talk and what you don’t want to do is hear the other point, because you want your point to be glued to everyone.