Stephen A. Smith Is “Ashamed” Of Tom Brady

October 13th, 2022
Stephen A. Smith

Irked by Bucs QB’s actions.

Most objective folks watching the Dixie Chicks-Bucs game couldn’t believe the good game of football has been watered down to the point a defender would rather see a quarterback throw a pass unimpeded than to tackle him cleanly and get flagged.

But that apparently is what is happening.  This week the zebras tossed flags on two plays in two different games that were so vile, it made fans of football, real football, throw up — and not just in their mouths.

Bouncing around sports radio and various podcasts yesterday, Joe is still hearing people harp on the way Tom Brady was sacked in a way that wouldn’t even be a foul in high school football or pee wee football but instead it was a first down (in a good way for Bucs fans).

Naturally, the voice of BSPN, Stephen A. Smith, had thoughts about the Grady Jarrett-Brady sack/roughing-the-passer and SAS had the nerve to incriminate Brady for playing a role in the scam.

“And I’m not going to lie to you and some people are going to say I am utterly crazy for saying this,” SAS began. “I’m pretty damn ashamed for Tom Brady, too.”

So why would SAS be appalled with Tom Brady? Because SAS is convinced Brady baited the refs to throw a flag.

SAS went on to explain the replays are clear that Brady stared at the zebras once he got up off the ground as if to say, “So, where’s the flag?”

SAS was unnerved by this because he doesn’t believe Brady should be trying to bait or intimidate referees into throwing flags. SAS said that was an “unfair” move by Brady and against the spirit of competition.

You can see SAS’s take below.

(Joe was in the locker room yesterday and a couple of guys Joe spoke with were of the belief if the zebras had rightly called pass interference when Scotty Miller got clobbered the immediate play before, Grady Jarrett’s play never would have happened.)

48 Responses to “Stephen A. Smith Is “Ashamed” Of Tom Brady”

  1. steele Says:

    Looking to get calls is low, but athletes do it all the time. Including Tom Brady. More shameful was his kick. And the fact that a penalty was called at all.

    But the Tua Rule is the new norm. Football is gone.

  2. Tap-Out Says:

    Tell me when something he said was wrong!

  3. AKicknTheBucNuts Says:

    “SAS went on to explain the replays are clear that Brady stared at the zebras once he got up off the ground as if to say, “So, where’s the flag?”


    This is new?

    Does he not know that EVERY receiver stares down a ref for a flag after an incomplete pass to them.

  4. mg Says:

    Sports journalism continues to ruin sports. Shut up and watch.

  5. Oneilbuc Says:

    SAS was a 100 percent right than not to mention how Brady tried to kick the guy it should have been a flag on Brady . The NFL is becoming trash football and they love to say that fans go to games just to see the quarterback and that’s a lie. Who cares if Brady throws 4 touchdowns and 400 yards and the bucs lose real bucs fans ain’t going home happy because Brady threw 400 yards and 4 touchdowns. Listnfrmafart,Gooffarmer and Joe from Michigan will be happy but bucs fans won’t be. SAS is right!!!

  6. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Are we going to start picking apart every bad call that’s occurred in the NFL? Because if this issue rises to the level of a travesty like blow hards like SAS are making it, then the only right thing to do is go back and review every game and change the results based on those calls, starting with the hundreds of phantom calls on the Bucs since 1976. And I’m sure Brady is just shattered that SAS is ashamed of him for having the audacity to stare at the ref.

  7. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Oneilbuc, the only one not happy is you.

  8. Beeej Says:

    Apparently SAS wasn’t ashamed for Scotty Miller
    Scooter needs to work on his glares

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Again. It was a makeup call. Plain. Simple. Easy to understand. There’s no controversy here.

  10. Eddie Marzigliano Says:

    I’m ashamed of you Joe.

  11. BucU Says:

    Who honestly gives a F what this guy says on tv?
    In one ear and out the other.

  12. Bucobill99 Says:

    Missed pi on scotty is worse

  13. Biff Barker Says:

    The first thing I thought of after the flag was,”‘what will Steven A Smith think?”

    Bottom line is the NFL should dicipline the refs for their incompetemce. Teams, players and fans all deserve better.

    Speaking of deserving better, it’s been over a decade since ive watched espn. Not even worth the capital letters.

  14. Old School Nole Says:

    I may be in the minority, but I like Steven A, because he’s not afraid to say something controversial. However, this take is stupid and I don’t think he actually believes it. And these whiny Bucs fans need to learn how to be winners. It was a bad call. SO WHAT?!!! Now we have to genuflect to the rest of the league? Not me.

  15. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Dumb shot. The flag had already been thrown. Brady didn’t get up and ask for the flag. How stupid.

  16. Defense Rules Says:

    ‘Joe was in the locker room yesterday and a couple of guys Joe spoke with were of the belief if the zebras had rightly called pass interference when Scotty Miller got clobbered the immediate play before, Grady Jarrett’s play never would have happened.’

    THAT’S the real bottom line. You can’t be irate about one call without being irate about the other. They were BOTH egregious. Which came first, chicken or the egg?

  17. BuddhaBuc Says:

    @Old School Nole, you ARE in the minority. And you say you like SAS because he is not afraid to say something controversial, but then you say you don’t think he actually believes it. That is what trolls do. They say things to stir the pot and get everyone pissed off even if they don’t believe it themselves. You need to find better role models.

  18. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Oneilsuckyall, you don’t think fans come to games to watch QB’s? You are a true moron. Bucs/KC game sold out, Bucs/Atl not sold out. Brady’s presence had increased the attendance at RJ tenfold not to mention the TV ratings and sponsors. Not sure why I argue with you, it’s like convincing a 4 year old there is no Santa Claus. FYI SAS and those that agree with him, EVERY QB & WR in the league plays it up to the refs for a flag. Mahomes is one if the biggest actors.

  19. Dooley Says:

    Stephen A. Smith is the Anti-Stuart Scott(r.i.p)

  20. Razor Ramone Says:

    “Real” Bucs fans. I love that.

  21. Alvafan Says:

    There’s no Santa Claus? 🙁

  22. BucsNoles Says:

    What in the heck do you think every player does, they try to get a flag thrown

  23. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Brady’s objective is to win the game for his team….anyway he can….if it’s glaring at a ref……glare on, Tom.

    Steven A Smith is a blowhard…..

  24. Listnfrmafar Says:

    @Alvafan, Oneilsuckyall is in tears scratching his head right now, NO Santa Claus, Jamais blows as a QB. Boo ooo.

  25. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Yeah but what do Maury and Jerry Springer think ? Might as well find out . SASS is the Springer of sports so might as well ask the real deal if we’re going to go full Trash on this.

  26. zzbuc Says:

    Who cares what this tabloid cheap illiterate guy has to say.
    Journalism specially in sports and politics has became a joke, hard to watch.

  27. Goatfarmer Says:

    Someone needs to show the hollering dooshbag a clip of MIller getting mugged. Brady stared at the refs then too. They stared back.

    The reason they threw the flag on Jarrett is because of Tua. Bridgewater was taken out of the Miami game for the Tua rule even though he wasn’t concussed.

    I’m glad I don’t / won’t listen to this a-hole.

  28. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Why is no media blow hard talking about the Ves shove? Talk about acting.

  29. Paratrooper Buc Says:

    If the NFL is going to flag that play because of what happened to Tua then send a memo to everyone saying it’s now illegal to fling/throw a player to the ground. It’s certainly not fair to defenders who have been making that play since childhood to flag it on the field but not make it officially illegal. Do I think it should be illegal? Probably but you can’t do that without a rule. When Stafford kicked Suh in the NFC championship game, I felt he deserved a flag and Brady being mad he got flung then rolled up on was not right if his leg goes out like a kick towards Jarrett. Some argue he was just trying to get up but looked too close to a kick at Jarrett. If people argue falcons “could” have won if that flag wasn’t thrown then here is the “what if” counter to that belief. I believe Miller got mugged and that should have been PI because the defender grabbed him twice and then used his body to push Miller out. So that play is flagged we don’t have this argument that falcons could have won.

  30. Alanbucsfan Says:

    If this happened , then that wouldn’t/would’ve happened….
    If D Adams reception at end of Raiders/Chiefs game hadn’t been overturned, then Adams wouldn’t have pushed the media person- see how ridiculous this can get.

  31. garro Says:

    So what is a “legal” tackle on a quarterback? Can’t hit the knees, can’t center him up (your body weight will land on him) high is a no no (helmet to helmet) can’t off center with the shoulder (you might incidentally “sling” him)? I know! Just ask him nicely to fall over and then touch him gently. And BTW Please Steven A Smiths BS. Zero credibility like most the people at ESPN. What an Asshat! Brady went to the refs after about the third late hit he took …none called.

  32. bucsandboltsfan Says:

    Sometimes refs have been known (in multiple sports) to do makeup calls. I firmly believe that they knew they blew the PI call, and the Roughing The Passer call was their way of making it up. To me that is fair. Still fans are going to gripe about it. Complaining that Brady looked at the ref??? How about all of the receivers that make the “throw the flag” gesture and argue with the officials? Lobbying officials is part of every sport. Deal with it.

  33. SPARKY Says:

    SAS= his main job is NBA commentator. And he doesn’t like players asking the refs for fouls. Tell him to go watch tapes of Magic, Jordan, or LeBron, and see if they don’t look at a ref 10 times a game looking for calls. Also Kentucky Buc, what are you thinking putting SAS in the same sentence as Jerry Springer? All us perverts of the world know Jerry is in a class of his own

  34. Goatfarmer Says:

    Bloneilsuky’all – how’s our girl doing? Pretending that some of us are happy with a loss if Brady gets stats may outdumb even the most ignorant dumb posts our girl has ever made.

    I hated the KC game and said so. You only show up when your girlparts itch because someone is talking about Brady. Maybe it is Brady that your secret crush is on instead of JaMiss? Or maybe both? Did Tom ignore an Instachat invite from you?

  35. Tony1775 Says:

    Make up for non PI call prior with Scotty Miller. It wasn’t roughing thebpasser, but clearly was PI. So either way we get PI call game over.

  36. DrunkinYbor Says:

    Let it go 🎶 let it go o 🎶 Find reat topis to discuss on your show o 🎶 your a loud mouth know it all 🎶 Who never played Fooooot ball 🎶

  37. SPARKY Says:

    How about this.The ref made a bad call on the interference on Evans first. The other ref doesn’t think that is a foul so he doesn’t call a foul on the Miller play. So the other ref sees that the Bucs got screwed so he gives a make up call to Brady. Somewhere Jerry Springer is thinking, man these guys are f*cked up.

  38. Deano Says:

    Stephen a-hole Smith

  39. geno711 Says:

    Steven Smith is what is wrong with Sports Media.

    He is so hot on having a take, he loses all perspective.

    It was a bad call.

    Yet, it was no worse than the call that was not made against Scotty Miller the play before.

    Yet, it was no worse than the roughing the passer call that Vita Vea got against Marcus Mariota in the same game.

    Yet, it was no worse than the roughing the passer call that Keanu Neal got against Jameis Winston in the Saints game.

    Yet, it was no worse than the personal foul call against Lavonte Davis against Chris Olave in the Saints game.

    Yet, it was no worse than the roughing the passer call against Chris Jones in the KC vs. LV game on Monday.

    Ok to say it was a bad call but the social media perspective and everyone wanting to shout louder than anyone else about how bad it was is juvenile.

  40. 1#bucsfan Says:

    If the PI which should have bin called on miller was called the Brady sack doesn’t happen the way it did. The no call was bad n the sack was bad. Refs gotta do a better job


    It was a make-up call for blowing the PI call they should have made the play before. Pure and simple.

  42. adam from ny Says:

    dude in the pink windowpane blazer needs to stick to b-ball

  43. SlyPirate Says:

    Jordan, Kobe, and Lebron did the same thing literally every game.

    Great players do all they can to win games.

    It’s called Sports IQ.

  44. Mike Johnson Says:

    Stephen A’s Pulpit preaching style of journalism grows weary with many listeners. I don’t even listen to him anymore.

  45. dbbuc711 Says:

    I’m sure TB will feel terrible and go crawling to beg his forgiveness

  46. Bucswin Says:

    screaming clown he is

  47. Tom G Says:

    Steven A Smith is clown. Who cares what he thinks.

  48. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Tom Brady’s interview today, 1st question was about the call. He said no one’s perfect, he makes bad throws, he’s lost SB’s on calls he believes were wrong, he doesn’t think it’s someone scheming, he ended it by saying I’m always going to ask for the call. Basically F them it happens ALL the time.