Self-described “Dallas Cowboys hater” Stephen A. Smith unloaded on the team following their tribute to slain police officers, which he said could be characterized as hypocritical, during an appearance on ESPN's "First Take" Monday.
According to the Associated Press, the Dallas Cowboys kicked off their training camp by honoring the family members of Dallas police officers killed by a gunman last month, and they debuted helmet decals with the words "arm in arm" and a symbol combining the team’s logo with the stars worn by Dallas police on their uniforms.
Cowboys asking NFL for permission to wear arm in arm sticker this year, representing unity for police and community pic.twitter.com/Gl80J0eB3F— Joe Reinagel (@JoeKENS5) July 31, 2016
After reading off a litany of the team’s legal woes, Smith said, “If you have so much respect for the law, why don’t you try obeying it?”
Smith said that he doesn’t question the sincerity of their gesture, but asked, “Why don't you try milking headlines for what you do on the football field instead of the transgressions that continuously happen off the field?"
Smith noted that the tragedy occurred in Dallas and that “we understand the correlation there.”
"What I'm saying is when one transgression after another, after another continually takes place with the same organization and you seem averse to the effects of it because you're stealing headlines because of it ... the abnormal cynic out there is going to look at you and they're going to say, 'How authentic were you in all of this?'" Smith said. "Because you could have done what you did without gaining publicity for it. There was a way to do it without having everybody see it. But you wanted to make sure that you sent that message."
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