Paul Finebaum blasts Chris Russo to Stephen A. Smith on ‘First Take’

ESPN personality Paul Finebaum was thrilled to have Stephen A. Smith back on “First Take” after a lengthy absence – though, the reasons had less to do with Smith and more to do with one of his replacements.

Smith returned to the program this week after missing the show for two months following shoulder surgery, and while Finebaum debated him about Nick Saban, he suddenly launched into a rant against Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, who filled in for Smith a number of times during his absence.

“See, I don’t want to insult people who have been here in his absence, like Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo,” Finebaum said. “But if I saw Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo one more time on my screen, I was going to go crazy. I don’t like that guy on my screen. I want Stephen A. Smith on this show every day.”

Smith defended Russo’s honor – to a point.

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