Moments ago, former NBA player and “NBA on TNT” host Kenny Smith walked right off the set in solidarity with players that are boycotting in protest of Jacob Blake’s shooting.
Prior to walking off, Smith said “I think the biggest thing now as a black man and a former player, I think it’s best for me to not be here tonight.”
Co-host Ernie Johnson said “I respect that.”
Kenny Smith just walked out on NBA on TNT in support of the players' boycott pic.twitter.com/N4Ix6CPTLG
— Chris Montano (@gswchris) August 26, 2020
The show continued without Smith after a moment of awkward silence.