Smith joked during the segment, ÔÇťOpening night. Kobe Bryant is going to miss it because, ÔÇśmy foot is sprained?ÔÇÖÔÇŁ┬áHe then went on to say, ÔÇťAre you crazy, ni**a please.ÔÇŁ ‘N*gga please’ is commonly used to express disbelief in African-American vernacular, and is used in a way similar to “Get the f**k out of here!’ or ‘No way!’ is used.
In his videotaped response to the n-word accusation, Smith’s only explanation for the comment is that “he’s a New Yorker” and he talks fast. Smith does not, however, clarify what he meant to say or what he was trying to say when his words were as he says “misconstrued.”
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