“The people who rail against shows like ours that embrace the intersection of sport and society, what they’re really saying is, ‘It’s too black for me.’ The difference is you have a black man and a black woman being unapologetically black, and that turns some people off.”

-—Michael Smith, co-host of ESPN’s SC6

The Root 100 honoree Michael Smith breaks down what people really mean when they tell him and his co-host, Jemele Hill, to “stick to sports.” Watch above.

The Root 100 prime-time special airs on Fusion TV on Nov. 19 at 9 p.m.