If you need a news story to become inflamed, you know just who to call: ESPN's 'First Take' disasters Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless.
On Wednesday morning's show, Stephen A. and Skip worked themselves up into a well-manicured frenzy over rumblings of PED suspicions around Cubs ace Jake Arrieta. Once again, not accusations. Simply people whispering, "He's very good and that could've come from steroids. Life is unpredictable."
Still, the screaming boys had a field day.
Jake Arrieta shouldn't be laughing about questions surrounding his performance. https://t.co/bieg2MeTni— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) April 27, 2016
One man wasn't OK with the discourse, however: Arrieta himself.
Naturally, he had some choice words for Mr. Smith.
Laughing is exactly what I will do. You continue to do your thing though. No one will undercut my hard work. @stephenasmith— Jake Arrieta (@JArrieta34) April 27, 2016
And did Stephen A. fight back? Double up on his accusatory tone? Puff up his chest and blow out a funnel of hot wind?
I hear ya @JArrieta34. It's your life/career. You've earned the right to do what you want. The best to you.— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) April 27, 2016
No. He tried to make a new friend.
Stephen A., you are the weakest man alive. Congrats on populating the world with more suspicion, though! We could always use more baseless suspicion.