On Friday's episode of First Take, ESPN football analyst Robert Smith was on the program discussing his battle with alcoholism with Cari Champion, Stephen A Smith, and Skip Bayless. It was quite possibly the best segment in the history of the show. There were no silly debates, no ridiculous proclamations, and no grandstanding - just a brutally honest account of his struggles by Robert Smith.
The appearance by Robert Smith was spurred by Aldon Smith being activated by the 49ers after being released from treatment for alcoholism. The First Take crew didn't get up in arms about the situation and try to bash anyone - they just had an honest discussion about what Aldon Smith would be facing going forward with his battle.
Kudos to Robert Smith for being so candid and forthcoming, kudos to the First Take producers letting this happen, and kudos to Stephen A Smith and Skip Bayless for not embracing debate and turning a serious topic into a wreck.
I'm a RA and have been going to meetings for over a year. This is the best video I've seen describing the disease to the 'outside' world. Everything he says in this video is regurgitated in AA meetings. I applaud him for being so open...especially about his relapse.
Skip Bayless has spoken frequently of his struggles as a child of two alcoholics, and the measure he's taken to ensure he doesn't fall down the same path. This is a very serious topic for him, always has been
I saw this at the gym this morning and soon a small group of guys started forming...guys ready to leave to start their day or just getting to the gym...this was so captivating that everyone stopped and was riveted to the tv. It was so well spoken, so pure and simple, so true. It started an actual conversation after it was finished...and we don't socialize at this gym. Good stuff and truthful message