ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith read about the wrecked Titan submersible, claiming ‘curiosity killed the cat.’
Five people died aboard the Titanic submarine after the ship suffered a ‘catastrophic explosion’ 1,600 feet from the bow of the Titanic.
The explorers were on a quest for the wreck of the Titanic and the submarine is believed to have carried passengers on at least ten trips before tragedy struck.
However, ESPN’s Smith doesn’t understand why anyone would want to visit the wreckage of a passenger liner that sank in 1912.
The 55-year-old, who is known for his rants about sports news on the network’s First Take and his own podcast, decided to start a slant on a different topic than the usual NBA or NFL.
ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith read about the wrecked Titan submersible
Oceangate’s Titan Submersible Disappears Shortly After Departing for Titanic Wreck
‘It is a tragedy,’ he began solemnly. ‘But some things in life I dare say are unnecessary.
The analyst was then oddly confused by Jason Momoa’s titular role in the ‘Aquaman’ film before claiming that Batman wasn’t a real superhero.
‘I love the Aquaman movie,’ he added. ‘I don’t think Batman is super man. I consider him as a man who wears clothes. When I saw Jason Momoa in Aquaman, I was Aquaman.
Back on topic, Smith admitted that while he admired Aquaman’s powers, they weren’t realistic. He said: ‘You wish you could do something like that but you really can’t.
‘I’m not the most adventurous brother in the world,’ he continued. ‘I’m not trying to skydive. I’m not a fish. I’m still built on Shaq [O’Neal] When he did that horrible experiment with sharks. What’s wrong with you?’
The NBA pundit then appeared to criticize pop culture’s fascination with the Titanic tragedy — but made sure to credit Leonardo DiCaprio for his role in James Cameron’s 1997 film.
‘And by the way, when are you going to cross the Titanic?’ he asked. ‘It is a ship that has sunk. Leonardo DiCaprio. We appreciate you. We got it right.’
Smith insisted he was trying to be respectful of the lives lost but still questioned the need to visit the wreckage site.
Shahzada Dawood, 48, is a board member of the UK-based Prince’s Trust charity and her son Suleiman Dawood, 19, was on the board.
Billionaire Hamish Harding (left), CEO of Dubai’s Action Aviation, and French Navy veteran PH Nargiolet (right) both drowned.
‘I’m not laughing. I’m not joking,’ he added. ‘I am not enlightening those who have died. God rest their wonderful souls. But forgive me that curiosity kills the cat. Why are you so curious?
‘You want to put something on so you can swim with the fish or whatever? I guess it’s reasonable. What in God’s name would you think it’s okay to get a dip? What is there to say? What is investigation?
‘Who does not know that a man does not have to live two miles below sea level?’
It was revealed on Thursday that five people aboard the Titanic were killed instantly when the submarine suffered a ‘catastrophic explosion’ just 1,600 feet from the bow of the Titanic.
The voyage took them 12,500 feet underwater where few rescue ships would be able to find it.
Smith made sure to credit Leonardo DiCaprio for his role in the 1997 film Titanic.
The dead were Oceangate CEO Stockton Rush, French Titanic expert Paul-Henri Nargiolet, British billionaire Hamish Harding, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleiman, who was only 19.
A remotely piloted submarine from a Canadian ship found the wreck on the sea floor.
The men likely died on Sunday, before military aircraft using sonar buoys could detect what they thought might be SOS ‘banging’ sounds in the water. The U.S. Navy reported that they heard a sound consistent with an explosion when they lost contact about two hours after the dive.
The Navy gave that information to the Coast Guard, an insider said.
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