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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith defends columnist accused of ‘bullying’ Naomi Osaka by asking her about making millions from endorsements while shunning reporters

  • ESPN’s Stephen A Smith defended Cincinnati Enquirer sports columnist Paul Daugherty on Tuesday night 
  • Daugherty came under fire for a question he posed to Naomi Osaka on Monday at her first press conference since pulling out of the French Open in May
  • Osaka broke down in tears after Daugherty asked her about benefitting from media attention while refusing to speak to reporters 
  • The tennis pro’s agent branded Daugherty a ‘bully’ and accusing him of ‘really appalling behavior’
  • Smith said Daugherty’s question was ‘incredibly fair and incredibly delicate’ 

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