Stephen A. Smith, a well known sports personality who works for ESPN, said Mormons aren’t Christian during a spot on ESPN’s First Take in response to comments made by Russell Westbrook that Utah fans often get out of hand.
Stephen A, as he is often referred to, addressed the issue of Utah fans, and reflected on previous incidents where NBA players have been on the receiving end of harsh comments, including racial slurs and disrespectful remarks about the players’ family members.
Stephen A did preface his remarks by saying that he knows all Utah Jazz basketball fans aren’t guilty, but the minority who do say these hateful things are giving the rest of the fans a bad name.
Whether Stephen A. Smith was taking a shot at Mormons by saying they aren’t Christian, or whether he just doesn’t know, it remains to be seen.
Scott Warner, CEO of Gigg and himself a Mormon, sent a tweet to Stephen A. Smith inviting him to reach out to other famous Mormon athletes to ask them whether or not they are Christian.
Quick favor. Please call the following:
Then ask them if Mormons are Christians. Thanks. pic.twitter.com/ehPa2MFX2L
— SCOTT WARNER (@ScottWarner18) April 30, 2018
We also decided to send out a tweet just to inform Stephen A. Smith that Mormons are Christians.
I'm a Mormon, and we are Christians. The name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I do agree that some of the things Utah fans do aren't very Christ-like, and I apologize for that.
I forgive you for not knowing we're Christian
— Called to Share (@MormonLight) May 1, 2018
We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
The good news about things like this, is they are an opportunity for us to share with the world who we really are. The way we react to misunderstanding and criticism goes a long towards bridging gaps and helping tear down walls of prejudice and misinformation.
We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
UPDATE: Stephen A. Smith has since apologized.
Not aware I said that, but if I did I’m definitely sorry because I misspoke. I’m completely aware they are Christians. Just was arguing with Max about something totally different
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) May 1, 2018
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