The day after Markieff Morris landed the butt-slap heard round the world on Stephen A. Smith following John Wall's game-winning shot to beat the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of their second round playoff series, Morris explained why he did it in a 1-on-1 interview with CSN. Morris' reasoning was very funny and we did our best to convey that he was joking.
For instance, check this quote as it was presented in the story:
"That's the only thing you can do other than hit him," he joked. "I would get in trouble for hitting him or doing anything. That's the only thing I can really do without hurting him."
Over a month later, Smith has responded to Morris and it doesn't appear he thought the explanation was funny at all. Last week, he had something to say to Morris during a discussion about Paul Millsap's free agency. Here's how the conversation went on ESPN's First Take:
Stephen A. Smith: "Here’s the thing about Paul Millsap. Paul Millsap can ball. Markieff Morris out of the Washington Wizards tried to convince us otherwise. That’s when he slapped me on my backside. It was fun, alright go ahead and do that. I didn’t take offense to it. You know what I’m saying?"
Max Kellerman: "He put a little extra on that."
Stephen A. Smith: "When I saw the quotes afterwards, let me say to Markieff Morris: ‘Don’t ever touch me again, bro. Don’t ever touch me again.’ I ain’t playing. I thought he was playing. When I saw the quotes thereafter, you touch me again then it’s gonna be a problem. That’s all I’m gonna say. Let me get back to this Paul Millsap point. He was upset because I like Markieff Morris and I know he can play. And obviously I’m not threatening anything physical, he would kill me. The point I’m trying to make is just don’t put your hands on me."
You can watch the exchange right here. It begins at the 1:15 mark:
As you can see in his last quote, Smith made sure to walk it back slightly to ensure Morris didn't take it the wrong way. Morris is, after all, a 6-foot-10 NBA enforcer. That is not a good matchup for a television analyst in his late 40s.
Morris caught wind of Smith's comments and took to Twitter to respond:
Yeah, those problems are probably not wanted. We'll see if this beef goes anywhere from here. In the meantime, let's go ahead and enjoy Morris' slap one more time: