Molly Qerim’s intimate video with Stephen A. Smith this week sparked rumors about their relationship among fans.
ESPN’s ‘First Take’ is widely regarded as arguably the most polarizing sports program around. Folks either love it or hate it. There is no in-between.
If you view it as a means of entertainment, generally you come away from ‘First Take’ with a more-or-less positive impression. Fans who are looking for hard-hitting analysis often come away underwhelmed.
Regardless of how anyone feels about the program, though – there is no denying that Smith is its face and Qerim is its heart and soul. The pair has an interesting dynamic that simply cannot be denied.
Sometimes their closeness can be a negative; like a few weeks ago when Qerim refused to show up to work after a comment Smith made. Other times, it lends itself to truly hilarious moments.
This week, an intimate video featuring Qerim and Smith set the internet ablaze.
Molly has had enough 😂 pic.twitter.com/exl8tDLEHc
— First Take (@FirstTake) November 13, 2023
As usual, fans who watched the video came away with different impressions of it.
Some believed that it was indicative of a deeper relationship between Qerim and Smith:
they’re definitely smashing 🤭
— sheesh (@4dagangg) November 13, 2023
He be blowing her back out I guess
— . (@x713_ht) November 13, 2023
That’s how Molly walks after Steven gives him the D
— pot2X (@Kingkangkong069) November 13, 2023
Others regarded the clip as one just displaying the fun, light-hearted banter that exists between Smith and Qerim.
— Shabaz Latif Shabaz (@abbaspuri) November 14, 2023
He’s a troll 😂
— AnyBodyCanDunk Podcast🎙️🔊 (@anybodycandunk) November 13, 2023
Lol this man is getting funnier as time goes on and I love it
— Darnell Humphrey (@Dhump21) November 14, 2023
No matter where you fall, there is no denying that this clip went mega-viral. And that really speaks to the sort of sway both Qerim and Smith have within the larger cultural zeitgeist.
Both are legitimate stars.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) November 13, 2023
That, above all else, is why ‘First Take’ has enjoyed such immense success over the past few years.
What will Qerim and Smith ultimately go viral for next? Time will tell.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.