Video: John L. Smith calls reporter who hasn't arrived at press conference

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday September 03, 2012

Posted by: Chris Vannini on September 3, 2012

John L. Smith is never afraid to have some fun.

When he arrived 10 minutes early to his Monday press conference, he decided to prank-call a reporter who had yet to show up.

Watch the videos below, courtesy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


The reporter got his revenge when he arrived by mentioning a practice that went long last week.



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