JALEN ROSE appeared to take a swipe at Stephen A Smith after the ESPN analyst’s Dallas Cowboys “trolling”.

The former NBA star, 49, was formerly married to Smith’s First Take colleague Molly Qerim.


Jalen Rose (right) split from ESPN host Molly Qerim in 2021[/caption]


Molly continues to host First Take on ESPN2[/caption]

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Rose took exception to Stephen A Smith’s Cowboys “trolling” on Monday[/caption]

Rose is a fellow ESPN employee and also provides his expert basketball analysis on ABC.

But he didn’t appear too impressed with Stephen A’s antics on Monday’s edition of First Take.

Smith reveled in the Cowboys’ defeat to San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, taking to the show in a cowboy hat and puffing on a fake cigar.

He locked horns with Dallas fan Michael Irvin and went in hard on Dak Prescott, who he claims “stunk up the joint”.

Qerim had earlier asked fans to “pray” for her ahead of the show, referencing Smith as a “joker” in a viral tweet.

And her ex-husband Rose didn’t pull his punches on Monday evening as he took to social media.

Rose wrote on his Twitter page: “So glad I didn’t make a career of content pretending to fake troll the Cowboys.

“Praying on the audience being dumb/lazy and low hanging fruit.

“Got y’all talking about Dallas knowing the only way they can actually shut up critics is to win it all. Suckers.”

Stephen A is well known for reveling in Dallas’ misfortune on the field and even drank out of a mug that read “Cowboys fans tears” on Monday.

It is unclear if he personally has a grudge against the franchise or is simply playing up to an on-screen persona.

Qerim and Rose married in July 2018 but filed for divorce three years later.

Molly has presented First Take since July 2015 and previously hosted the NFL Network’s weekday morning show, NFL AM, and NFL Fantasy Live.

In an interview with the New York Post, Rose confirmed that the pair had split “mutually” – and addressed “laughable” rumors that Qerim and Smith were in a relationship.

He said: “In my personal relationship, it was laughable to me, to see [Qerim] and I mutually part ways, be in accord about why we’re parting ways, and still see people speculating on why.

“Not only speculating — in particular saying it was because her and Stephen A. Smith had a relationship.

“I’m not here to speak for what he does in his personal life or what she does in her personal life, I got love for both of them.

“We still 100. I would just say that for people who thought we parted ways because they have a relationship?

“Then I got some swampland in Detroit to sell you for top dollar. That is not why we split.”

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