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Stephen A. Smith turns Ferguson crisis into opportunity to promote new show

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Since I fell for it, and am now giving the polarizing sports "shock jock" Stephen A. Smith the attention he wanted, here's the plug: Stephen A. Smith, recently suspended for suggesting women do everything they can to not provoke violent men into beating them, has a new radio show premiering on MadDog Radio on Sirius XM starting Sept. 2.

With that said, I would urge people to take a look at Smith's new stunt before deciding on whether or not they should give him the attention he so desperately wants.

Last Friday, as tensions in Ferguson, Missouri escalated, Smith decided to weigh in with his thoughts on the demonstrations. As predicted, Smith took a contrarian position to the majority, suggesting that everyone "needed 2 chill". Predictably, this stance drew the ire of many on Twitter, and Smith methodically picked and chose battles with contrasting followers that painted Smith as "the heel".

"Folks are ridiculous, @kingjc1987. I echo POTUS and I'm an Uncle Tom," Smith wrote.

And, of course, Smith reaffirmed his position that he is always going to say what he feels; that's just what Stephen A. does.

"Ya'll don't like that position," Smith tweeted. "Too damn bad."

So, how does someone who will, apparently, say anything he wants for attention wrap up this morally and socially conscious packed argument? By promoting his new radio show, of course.

"I'm going to leave it like this:," wrote Smith, ending his Twitter battle with his followers. "My show on SiriusXM MadDog radio debuts Sept.2nd."

Ah, there it is. There's the Stephen A. Smith-centric angle to this whole situation on Ferguson. There's the "now that I got your attention by piggybacking a position on a polarizing news story, check me out on something I am doing for a paycheck" statement we've all come to know from Smith.

Even though Smith's statements are, somewhat, expected from a man that craves attention to the extremes that he does, it's still frightening to know that not even something as volatile and scary as the situation in Ferguson is out-of-play for him. And while it seems unfathomable to think that Smith could do something even more outlandish than use the Missouri protests to promote his own show, I guess we will all just have to tune into MadDog Radio on Sirius XM on Sept. 2 to find out what he does next.