Stephen A. Smith Blasted by MLB Fans for Insulting Take on Mike Trout’s Injury

This was brutal to hear.
Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout is out indefinitely with a torn meniscus is his left knee.
Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout is out indefinitely with a torn meniscus is his left knee. / Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels are without Mike Trout indefinitely due to a torn meniscus in his left knee. The star outfielder was near tears earlier this week while speaking to reporters about the injury, which will force him to miss a considerable amount of time.

While Trout was distraught about the news, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith seemed to make it all a big joke as he tore down the Angels outfielder for having to miss more time due to injury during Wednesday's episode of First Take.

“How the hell is he always hurt?," Smith yelled. "I don’t understand this. It drives me nuts when I see baseball players get hurt. What is it that you’re doing with yourself physically that you can’t stay healthy playing baseball? Now, you get hit by a pitch or something, that’s different, I get all of that. With these oblique injuries, you’re running around bases, catching one, then you’re running out for a fly ball, and all of a sudden, something gets tweaked. What the hell is going on?”

Here's Smith's full rant:

MLB fans were rightfully not impressed with Smith's insulting take on Trout's injury:

Hopefully Trout is able to return soon.

Andy Nesbitt


Andy Nesbitt is the Assistant Managing Editor of Audience Engagement at Sports Illustrated. He works closely with the Breaking & Trending News Team to shape SI’s daily coverage across all sports. He has been working in sports media for over 20 years, appearing on Fox Sports, For the Win, The Boston Globe, and NBC Sports. He’s a golf fanatic who desperately wants to see the Super Bowl played on a Saturday night.