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 booth.
“Forgive me if I don’t care that much,” Smith said during Tuesday’s episode of “First Take” on ESPN. “I’m interested in seeing him play this year, trying to win another Super Bowl. Call me when he’s in the booth.”
Smith’s reaction came just a few hours after Fox Sports confirmed Tuesday that Brady will join the network as its lead analyst, calling the NFL’s biggest games, after he hangs up his jersey for good. The quarterback has one year left on his contract with the Buccaneers.
The Post’s Andrew Marchand reported Brady’s deal is worth a staggering $375 million over 10 years with Fox Sports. It was a hot topic on shows across all networks, including Smith’s “First Take.”
“I think he is absolutely going to be great,” Smith continued, praising Brady for landing the new gig. “He deserves it. I am happy for him. But I am interested in seeing him play. I could give a damn about him in the booth in the booth right now.
“Do we really give a damn right now? … If he was retired and he’s in the booth it’d be a different, but with him about to play, do you really care?”
When “First Take” host Molly Qerim pivoted to the Sixers-Heat NBA playoffs series, ESPN analyst and former NFL defensive end Marcus Spears called Smith “so biased” over his comments about Brady.
“If they made an announcement while Michael Jordan was playing for the league, that he was going to work on the TNT team, you’d have 30 minutes on the damn show about it,” said Spears. Smith his part of the broadcast crew for TNT’s “NBA Countdown” show.
“I don’t give a damn until he’s actually doing it,” Smith replied. “When he’s doing it, I’m watching, I want to see. Is he going to be as good as Tony Romo? Whatever. But until then, he’s got a season to play in Tampa Bay, I’ll see you when you get there.”
“Congratulations to Tom, and especially congratulations to us,” an ecstatic Bayless said Tuesday on “Undisputed.”