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ESPN's Stephen A. Smith Apologizes After Criticizing Shohei Ohtani's English

The top editorial personality on ESPN, Stephen A. Smith, apologized after his commentary about Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani drew intense criticism. On Monday's "First Take," Smith questioned Ohtani's marketability as the face of Major League Baseball because the Japanese hitter and pitcher answers most questions asked in English through an interpreter. In a follow-up social media video, Smith said people were misinterpreting his words. He later posted a written apology on Twitter.

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    Stephen A. Smith Faces Backlash for Claiming Shohei Ohtani's Need for an Interpreter Harms Baseball

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    Stephen A. Smith is facing backlash comments he made about Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani. During Monday’s episode of ESPN’s First Take, Smith …

    Stephen A. Smith on Shohei Ohtani: 'Don't think it helps that the No. 1 face is a dude that needs an interpreter'

    Stephen A. Smith on Shohei Ohtani: 'Don't think it helps that the No. 1 face is a dude that needs an interpreter'

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    A tremendous first half has transformed Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels into a superstar. Between leading the majors in home runs (33) and posting a 3.49 ERA on the mound, Ohtani is baseball's most successful two-way player in decades, perhaps a century. And he will be a heavy presence in …

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