ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith had waded into the news of the doomed Titan submersible, claiming ‘curiosity did kill the cat.’
Five men died on the Titan submersible after the vessel suffered a ‘catastrophic implosion’ 1,600ft from the bow of Titanic.
The adventurers were on an expedition to the wreck of the Titanic and the submersible is thought to have carried passengers on at least ten trips before tragedy struck.
However, ESPN’s Smith couldn’t fathom why anyone would want to visit the wreck of the passenger liner, which 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 launch into a tirade on a different topic to the usual NBA or NFL.
ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith had waded into the news of the doomed Titan submersible
OceanGate’s Titan submersible went missing shortly after it departed for the Titanic wreckage
‘It’s a tragedy,’ he solemnly began. ‘But certain things in life dare I say are unnecessary.
The analyst then bizarrely got sidetracked by Jason Momoa’s titular role in the movie ‘Aquaman,’ before claiming Batman was not a real superhero.
‘I love the movie Aquaman,’ he added. ‘I don’t consider Batman a super man. I just consider him a human being with a costume on. When I watched Jason Momoa in Aquaman, it had me wishing I was Aquaman.
Getting back on to topic, Smith admitted that while he admired Aquaman’s powers, they weren’t a reality. He said: ‘You wish you could do stuff like that but you really, 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 made at Shaq [O’Neal] when he did that damn experiment with the sharks. What the hell’s wrong with you?’
The NBA pundit then appeared to criticize pop culture’s fascination with the Titanic tragedy – but made sure to pay credit to Leonardo DiCaprio for his role in James Cameron’s 1997 film.
‘And by the way when are going to get over the Titanic?’ he asked. ‘It’s a ship that sunk. Leonardo DiCaprio. We appreciate you. We got it okay.’
Smith did insist that he was trying to be respectful to the lives that were lost but still questioned the need to venture down to the site of the wreck.
Shahzada Dawood, 48, a UK-based board member of the Prince’s Trust charity, and his son Suleman Dawood, 19, were on board
Billionaire Hamish Harding (left), CEO of Action Aviation in Dubai and French Navy veteran PH Nargeolet (right) both died in the submersible
‘I’m not laughing. I’m not joking,’ he added. ‘I’m not making light of people who passed away. God rest their wonderful souls. But forgive me that curiosity does kill the cat. Why are you that damn curious?
‘You want to put on something so that you can swim with the fish or whatever? I guess that’s reasonable. What in God’s name would make you think it’s okay to get in a submersible? What is there to say? Investigate what?
‘Who does not know that a human being does not need to be two miles below sea level in the ocean?’
On Thursday it was revealed the five inside Titan were killed instantly when the submersible suffered a ‘catastrophic implosion’ just 1,600ft from the bow of the Titanic.
The voyage took them 12,500ft underwater where few rescue vessels would be able to find it.
Smith made sure to pay credit to Leonardo DiCaprio for his role in the 1997 film ‘Titanic’
The victims are OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, French Titanic expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet, British billionaire Hamish Harding, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman, who was just 19.
A remotely operated submarine from a Canadian ship found debris on the ocean floor.
It’s likely the men died Sunday, before military planes using sonar buoys detected what they thought could have been SOS ‘banging’ sounds in the water. The US Navy said they heard a sound consistent with an implosion when communications were lost around two hours after they dived.
The Navy passed on that information to the Coast Guard, an insider said.