Smith issued a statement and called Hopkins' statements dangerous, ill-informed and irresponsible.
"It perpetuates a maliciously inaccurate stereotype that insinuates those African-Americans who have access to a wider variety of resources are somehow culturally different than their brethren," said Smith.
Smith called McNabb the "ultimate professional" and cited his achievements on and off the field, particularly his advocacy work with diabetes.
"He has given his time to bring awareness to this disease, which unfortunately affects 4.9 million African-Americans. ... Donovan has always prided himself on being a leader who possesses impenetrable integrity."
Smith then defended McNabb's upbringing and questioned the mind-set of people who try to downgrade African-Americans raised differently than they were.
Donovan's parents are proud Americans who worked hard to give their sons the best childhood they could provide. He is unapologetically proud of sacrifices they made for him. Donovan and his brother were raised to be hard-working African-American men who were taught to believe in themselves. It is vital that we extinguish this brand of willful ignorance and instill in the minds of African-American youth regardless of the parental makeup of your household they can become anything they wish if they work hard and make the right decisions in life.
Smith finished his statement with some good will for Hopkins, wishing him luck in his May 21 fight against Jean Pascal in Montreal.