Getty ImagesESPN talking head Stephen A. Smith has been known to stir up controversy, most recently for alleging that Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly is racist, and earlier today the sports media personality riled up a few rappers when he sent out a tweet with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. Smith sent out a tweet that referred to the “All lives matter” comments made by Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley at a conference in Maryland. O’Malley, who issued an apology after being booed off the stage, came under fire after his comments were deemed insensitive and undermined the #BlackLivesMatter movement. In a series of tweets sent out earlier this (July 21) afternoon, Smith wrote, amongst other things, that “there’s nothing wrong when a presidential candidate says “All lives Matter”!”:

Where is all the noise about #BlackLivesMatter when black folks are killing black folks?

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 21, 2015

Where is all the noise about #BlackLivesMatter when black folks are killing black folks?— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 21, 2015

There's nothing wrong when a presidential candidate says "All lives Matter"!

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 21, 2015

There's nothing wrong when a presidential candidate says "All lives Matter"!— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 21, 2015

I'm a black man. Of course I know #BlackLivesMatter. You can't boo a presidential candidate just b/c he says "all lives matter".

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 21, 2015

I'm a black man. Of course I know #BlackLivesMatter. You can't boo a presidential candidate just b/c he says "all lives matter".— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 21, 2015Smith’s mentions were soon on fire and Talib Kweli and Killer Mike were all over Smith:

(No man. No. Don't do this.) RT @stephenasmith: Where is all the noise about #BlackLivesMatter when black folks are killing black folks?

— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) July 21, 2015

(No man. No. Don't do this.) RT @stephenasmith: Where is all the noise about #BlackLivesMatter when black folks are killing black folks?— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) July 21, 2015

@stephenasmith also #BlackLivesMatter is a direct response to police brutality of POC. We should not say it because poor ppl commit crimes?

— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) July 21, 2015

@stephenasmith also #BlackLivesMatter is a direct response to police brutality of POC. We should not say it because poor ppl commit crimes?— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) July 21, 2015

@stephenasmith 90% of blacks who kill other blacks get arrested & go to jail. Cops who kill unarmed … http://t.co/autB7ocaU1

— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) July 21, 2015

@stephenasmith 90% of blacks who kill other blacks get arrested & go to jail. Cops who kill unarmed … http://t.co/autB7ocaU1— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) July 21, 2015

(Unless all lives are not treated like they matter) RT @stephenasmith: There's nothing wrong when a candidate says "All lives Matter"!

— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) July 21, 2015

(Unless all lives are not treated like they matter) RT @stephenasmith: There's nothing wrong when a candidate says "All lives Matter"!— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) July 21, 2015

@stephenasmith so I guess you show up at funerals and yell out "what's the big deal? Everyone dies!"

— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) July 21, 2015

@stephenasmith so I guess you show up at funerals and yell out "what's the big deal? Everyone dies!"— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) July 21, 2015

@stephenasmith you too smart for this fam

— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) July 21, 2015

@stephenasmith you too smart for this fam— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) July 21, 2015

I Wud love to provide answer face to face RT @idgafsun: " @stephenasmith Where is all the (cont) http://t.co/lDjN6XyQ9H

— Killer Mike (@KillerMikeGTO) July 21, 2015

I Wud love to provide answer face to face RT @idgafsun: " @stephenasmith Where is all the (cont) http://t.co/lDjN6XyQ9H— Killer Mike (@KillerMikeGTO) July 21, 2015 About ninety minutes after the original tweet, Smith issued a statement in an extended tweet that reads as follows:I didn’t hear Gov. Martin O’Malley’s interview. And I’m not debating the significance of “Black Lives Matter.” I’m a BLACK MAN! I know this. 
Nor am I focusing on O’Malley’s words or context itself. That’s really not the issue to me.
The issue is: as much as attention was so desperately aimed towards “Black Lives Matter,” where is all this noise when Black folks are getting killed in our communities every single day? Does it only matter when we’re getting killed OUTSIDE OF OUR COMMUNITY, by folks who look differently than us?
That was my point. It IS my point. It will REMAIN my point. And I’m not changing my position one bit.
Whatever context O’Malley made in saying “All Lives Matter” is his issue to deal with. The same could be said for Hillary Rodham-Clinton when she alluded to that weeks ago. But it still does not negate the point that if we’ve reached a point where a PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE is forced to apologize and engage in clarification when choosing to say “ALL LIVES MATTER” — while a few Black Folks are allowed to reign terror throughout our own community by killing one another with nary a word said about it, then the problems that truly permeate the Black Community will never be resolved.
It’s the truth. Deal with it.
No Black Man with a soul would dream of attacking the movement that is “Black Lives Matter.” I’m certainly not doing any such thing. I never will.
Just make sure I hear #BlackLivesMatter ALL the time.
Specifically, when we’re getting killed by one another