Stephen A. Smith had an embarrassing moment on a recent episode of First Take. The controversial sports commentator said that recent reports noted that Kyrie Irving and James Harden have been fighting behind the scenes. The problem is that the report came from Ballsack Sports, a satirical news site.

Speaking to Magic Johnson, Stephen A. said that Kyrie called Harden “washed up.” The source he referred to was the aforementioned fake news outlet. “Ballsack Sports” responded to Smith’s gaffe via Twitter.

“Today we will focus on the dangers of misinform in the media, and stress the importance of media literacy. Social media and the internet has enabled users to create and spread misinformation at record rates. Not everything you see on internet or social media will be real.”

The outlet included a graphic spelling out the formula for how they develop their fake news. They also retweeted an instance from the past where Fox News picked up a Ballsack story as real news. Ballsack Sports explains their constant deception by saying that they are trying to educate the public on misinformation.

The followers of Ballsack Sports have been replying to real news outlets reporting their fake news with the term, “Sacked.” Stephen A. Smith is not the first one to fall for it. He probably will not be the last.

Stephen A Smith will survive the mistake because his role is to be a personality, not an actual reporter. Smith’s controversial takes are the driving force behind his popular morning talk show. Perhaps he has learned a valuable lesson about checking sources after this latest incident.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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