Two of ESPN's Biggest Stars Get Into 'Explosive Argument' Over New Project

ESPN stars Pat McAfee and Stephen A. Smith had a major fallout. They clashed over creative differences on Smith's new project.

Their heated exchange occurred during a private talk, the New York Post reported. It escalated to the point where Smith allegedly banned McAfee from "First Take."

McAfee reportedly insulted Smith in the argument. Despite the tension, both seem to have moved past it. McAfee expressed his respect for Smith and hoped to return to "First Take."

Smith refuted any claims of a ban, praising McAfee's contributions. He emphasized McAfee's positive impact and welcomed him back on the show.

Smith highlighted McAfee's role in keeping their show number one. He acknowledged McAfee's success and expressed eagerness for future collaborations.

ESPN has remained silent on the matter.

The disagreement followed previous controversial comments by Smith on racial topics. Smith later clarified his statements were not directed at McAfee specifically.

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