— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 13, 2022
The fallout from Tyreek Hill’s podcast comments comparing Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Miami Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa continues to make the rounds around the media circuit. Hill’s podcast debut drew plenty of attention on social media over the weekend, but the start of a new week gave traditional media its first real opinions on the topic.
The unapologetic opinion of famed sports media personality Stephen A. Smith was fully displayed during Monday’s episode of ESPN’s “First Take” regarding Hill’s comments. Smith laid into Hill’s state of mind, jokingly suggesting that he must be under the influence of marijuana.
“Let me say this, he lying! So let’s get that out of the way. And number two, he should be ashamed of himself, and he should, or he should be immediately drug tested. Let me get this straight, Tua Tagovailoa, you just joined. Y’all ain’t even in preseason yet. So which means the only thing you’ve done was catch passes from him, running routes in spring practice at the very least. I mean, that’s all you got to go on. And that you’re trying to tell me it’s comparable to the numbers you put up with Patrick Mahomes? Going to four straight AFC Championship games, going to back-to-back Super Bowls, winning a Super Bowl Championship, recognizing the fact that Patrick Mahomes Is the baddest brother on the planet right now as a quarterback. Okay, and you’re gonna try to tell me, a dude that you’ve never even played a preseason game with Is more accurate than Patrick Mahomes? If you are really, really serious about that, I’m sorry, I’m gonna say this on national television, stay off the weeeeeed!”
The numbers, according to Pro Football Focus’ measurement of quarterback accuracy, favored Mahomes throughout his career. Smith didn’t rely on statistics to provide his judgment on the topic, but instead, he drew his conclusion based on what Hill and Tagovailoa have done so far during the offseason program. Plus a measurement of career successes between the two quarterbacks.
“I don’t know. I’m not trying to accuse Tyreek Hill or anything like that. I’m being facetious by saying that I don’t want anybody to think that I’m implying that he uses something. But that comment is so asinine. So utterly ridiculous. So beyond the pale that the brother really should be tested immediately if he’s serious about that. You have no no reason whatsoever to say something as nonsensical, so ignorant.”
Chiefs fans were surprised by Hill’s podcast comments as a whole, but it seems they’re not alone. Smith and other media personalities continue to question a number of the things that Hill thought needed to be said.