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It's almost hard to tell which shot from the last 24 hours Wizards fans enjoyed more: John Wall's clutch three-pointer to beat the Celtics in Game 6 or Markieff Morris' slap on the rear of ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith soon after, an emphatic response directed towards a guy who gets paid to spout opinions, some of which have been unfavorable to the Wizards.

It was caught on video by a Twitter user and immediately went viral. It was the butt-slap seen round the world. The video traveled quickly across the internet as Twitter blew up in a cloud of schadenfreude.

Smith covers many topics on his show, but happened to recently call out the Wizards' frontcourt, meaning Morris, Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat. Of Gortat, he said this after their Game 4 loss to the Hawks:

"That damn frontcourt, I don't know what I'm gonna do about myself. [Marcin] Gortat, I like him. Genuinely nice guy… He's playing like straight garbage. Show up, Gortat pretty please, with sugar on top."

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Morris has heard some of Smith's criticism over the years and said his thought process in slapping him on the butt was simple.

 

"He's always talking trash. It was the heat of the moment. I saw him there and I had to give him something," he told CSN.

Smith is a controversial figure in sports to the point where everyone has a strong opinion about him. Like it or not, he's carved out a niche for himself and is very good at what he does. He incites a reaction out of people and that's why the viewers tune in to watch.

But that means some athletes don't like him, either. Players hear the things he says about them and, with all that in mind, Morris couldn't pass up the opportunity.

"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."

Morris realizes he in some ways was a hero for those out there who don't like Smith and his opinions. The Wizards forward couldn't help but laugh at all of it.

"I know a lot of people probably wouldn't mind [if I hurt him], but my paycheck would have minded," he said.

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