Markieff Morris played great in the Wizards' dramatic Game 6 win over the Celtics on Friday night, but everything he did on the court during the game pales in comparison to what he did on the way to the locker room afterward.
As he walked off the court, Morris passed by ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith and, for some unknown reason, decided to give him a nice, firm slap on the ass.
Morris has heard some of Smith's criticism over the years and said his thought process in slapping him on the butt was simple.
"He's always talking trash. It was the heat of the moment. I saw him there and I had to give him something," he told CSN.
Smith is a controversial figure in sports to the point where everyone has a strong opinion about him. Like it or not, he's carved out a niche for himself and is very good at what he does. He incites a reaction out of people and that's why the viewers tune in to watch.
But that means some athletes don't like him, either. Players hear the things he says about them and, with all that in mind, Morris couldn't pass up the opportunity.
"That's the only thing you can do other than hit him," he joked. "I would get in trouble for hitting him or doing anything. That's the only thing I can really do without hurting him."
Morris realizes he in some ways was a hero for those out there who don't like Smith and his opinions. The Wizards forward couldn't help but laugh at all of it.
"I know a lot of people probably wouldn't mind [if I hurt him], but my paycheck would have minded," he said.