Stephen A. Smith
Sports journalist
Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith is an American sports reporter for ESPN, columnist, radio host, and television personality. He currently hosts The Stephen A. Smith Show on ESPN Radio 710 Los Angeles and ESPN Radio 1050 New York and is a featured columnist for both ESPNLA. com and ESPNNY. com. Smith also is a regular on ESPN's First Take along with Skip Bayless.
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Durant, Warriors among reasons for LeBron's frustrations - ESPN
Google News - 20 days
ESPN Durant, Warriors among reasons for LeBron's frustrations ESPN ESPN's Stephen A. Smith says he isn't interested in seeing LeBron James and Charles Barkley apologize to each other and wonders whether LeBron's recent public statements have been spurred by his fear of the Warriors' dominance. (1:12). Facebook ... Why Charles Barkley is wrong about LeBronUSA TODAY Dwyane Wade on LeBron James' Charles Barkley rant: 'Thank God he finally said something'Yahoo Sports LeBron James on Charles Barkley: 'He's a hater'Washington Post SB Nation all 258 news articles »
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LeBron says Cavaliers still need point guard - ESPN
Google News - about 1 month
ESPN LeBron says Cavaliers still need point guard ESPN Stephen A. Smith thinks Kyle Korver could be the difference-maker in another Finals rematch between the Cavaliers and the Warriors. (1:58). Facebook · Twitter · Facebook Messenger · Pinterest · Email; comment. 12:49 AM ET. Dave McMenaminESPN Staff ... Cleveland Cavaliers have Terry Talkin' about impact of Kyle Korver -- Terry Pluto (photos) Dose: Two 40s with 2 L'sYahoo Sports Opinion: Trading For Paul Millsap May Not Be The Best New York Post -Sports Illustrated -Los Angeles Times all 374 news articles »
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Athletes Who Inspired Off The Field In 2016
Huffington Post - 2 months
Athletes flexed their muscles off the field on a wide range of social and political issues in 2016. Star players from the NBA, the NFL and women’s soccer showed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and eliminating the pay gap between men and women, while the Olympics provided a stage for a marathon runner to highlight a persecuted ethnic group in Ethiopia. Other sports figures made their voices heard on issues like medical marijuana and the refugee crisis.  Here’s a look back at the year in athlete activism.  Black Lives Matter  This year, a black man who told a Minnesota police officer he had a concealed carry license was shot dead anyway. In South Carolina, an officer who’d been caught on video firing bullets into the back of a fleeing, unarmed black man was not convicted.  These events and others made it clear that black Americans still face an unacceptable level of violence and risk in their everyday lives. And more than a few athletes decided it was t ...
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ESPN host slams NFL star for not voting
CNN - 3 months
ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith discusses NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision not to vote.
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LeBron James donates $2.5 million to Smithsonian's Muhammad Ali exhibit - ESPN
Google News - 3 months
ESPN LeBron James donates $2.5 million to Smithsonian's Muhammad Ali exhibit ESPN Stephen A. Smith commends LeBron James for his tremendous acts on and off the court, but he does not believe the NBA star will surpass Muhammad Ali's greatness due to Ali's impact on civil rights in the United States. (2:09). Facebook · Twitter ... LeBron James donating $2.5M to Muhammad Ali exhibit at SmithsonianUSA TODAY BKN--LeBron-Ali DonationYahoo Sports LeBron James To Donate $2.5M To Muhammad Ali Smithsonian AOL News -SB Nation all 66 news articles »
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Colin Kaepernick Didn’t Vote
Huffington Post - 3 months
After a season of high-profile protesting, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has revealed that he did not vote in the 2016 election. When asked if he had already voted Tuesday, Kaepernick told reporters no, according to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Eric Branch. When asked if he planned to at all, his response was the same. Reporter: Have you voted? Colin Kaepernick: "No." Reporter: Are you going to vote? Kaepernick: "No."#49ers — Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) November 8, 2016 “To me, it didn’t really matter who went in there,” Kaepernick told reporters Wednesday. “The system still remains intact that oppresses people of color.” Kaepernick has been staging protests during the national anthem since the NFL preseason, sitting or kneeling while it is played before games, an act that he has said is an attempt to raise awareness about police killings of African-Americans. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that opp ...
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Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert to Cam Newton: 'Don't be out there if you're scared' - ESPN
Google News - 4 months
ESPN Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert to Cam Newton: 'Don't be out there if you're scared' ESPN Stephen A. Smith thinks Cam Newton's complaints about the lack of penalties called may be due to the Panthers' lackluster season, not necessarily an increase in non-calls. (2:16). Facebook · Twitter · Pinterest · Email; comment. 4:58 PM ET. Jeremy ... NFL Week 8 overreactions: Does Cam Newton have a case against refs?USA TODAY Steelers player calls out Cam Newton for complaining about NFL's position on Cam Newton: 11 quarterbacks have more missed roughing calls since -Yahoo Sports -Charlotte Observer all 142 news articles »
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This Might Just Be The Most 'First Take'-y Poll Of All Time
Huffington Post - 4 months
If you are in-the-know, then you knew it was only a matter of time. After the Golden State Warriors lost their season opener to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night, it was really a matter of “when,” not “if.” But that didn’t make it any less comical, nor any less ridiculous, when ESPN’s “First Take” ― the show hosted by Mr. Hot Take himself, Stephen A. Smith ― put out the question this Wednesday morning: Is it time to say Kevin Durant has made the Warriors worse? POLL: Has Kevin Durant made the Warriors worse? — First Take (@FirstTake) October 26, 2016 Ignoring the fact that Durant dropped 27 points on 11-18 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals, and ignoring the fact that the Warriors were forced to find themselves on the fly in their first game of the season against the most prepared and professional competition they will face their side of the Mississippi, the question is still wonderfully ridic ...
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Cardinals GM: Loss to Patriots 'unacceptable' - ESPN
Google News - 5 months
ESPN Cardinals GM: Loss to Patriots 'unacceptable' ESPN Stephen A. Smith says the Cardinals should be ashamed of themselves for how they played against the Patriots. (1:30). Facebook · Twitter · Pinterest · Email; comment. 4:09 PM ET. Josh WeinfussESPN Staff Writer. Close. Covered the Cardinals since 2012 ... ICYMI on NFL's opening Sunday: Jimmy G gets a 'W' for PatsUSA TODAY NFL scores and more, Week 1: What happened on SundaySB Nation Fair to blame Bruce Arians for Cardinals' late loss to shorthanded PatriotsYahoo Sports -The Boston Globe -Boston Herald all 792 news articles »
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Stephen A. Smith, Others Pay Tribute to John Saunders
ABC News - 6 months
The well-known sportscaster has died at the age of 61.
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Obviously, Skip Bayless Thought Kyrie Irving Was The NBA Finals MVP
Huffington Post - 8 months
After LeBron James finally won the city of Cleveland a championship on Sunday night, you just knew noted LeBron hater Skip Bayless was somewhere brewing up the hottest of takes about the whole episode.  And then, on Monday's episode of "First Take," he let the world see his fire: Skip Bayless would not have given the 2016 NBA Finals MVP award to James, despite the four-time MVP leading all players in points, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals. He would have given it to Kyrie Irving.  Bayless was completely serious when he tried to stretch the case for Kyrie as the Finals MVP. “I don’t disagree that LeBron was the best player on the court. And I get you, he can stuff that stat sheet like nobody’s business," he argued. "LeBron James was great. But Kyrie was more valuable in this series.”  Which, uh, OK, man.  In Skip's mind, Kyrie deserved to win Finals MVP for the same reason that Andre Iguodala deserved to win it the previous year: He was the biggest d ...
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Stephen A. Smith Essentially Tells Ayesha Curry To Shut Her Mouth And Know Her Place
Huffington Post - 8 months
What many people thought would be a night of champagne celebrations for the Curry family instead turned out rather badly for them on Thursday night. Stephen continued to lack MVP-level sharpness in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, fouling out and then getting ejected for throwing his mouthpiece at some rich kid in a loss that pushed the series to seven games. But most of the conversation following the game centered around his wife, who hopped on Twitter to accuse the Cavs of holding up the Warriors' family bus and the NBA of rigging the Finals for money. (She quickly deleted the latter tweet.) Steph defended his wife after the game, saying, "Everybody says stuff where you get caught in the moment ... I don’t fault her from showing some emotion on Twitter." But on ESPN's Friday morning episode of "First Take," "analysts" Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless completely faulted Ayesha for showing emotion. Smith spoke at length (as seen in the above video), in fact, abou ...
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TV Sports: ESPN Host Skip Bayless Appears Headed for Fox
NYTimes - 10 months
Bayless, who debates Stephen A. Smith on the network’s “First Take” program, is believed to be headed to Fox Sports.
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Kyrie Irving: All about winning a championship for Cleveland - ESPN
Google News - 12 months
ESPN Kyrie Irving: All about winning a championship for Cleveland ESPN CLEVELAND -- Following the Cleveland Cavaliers' 100-96 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday that snapped a two-game losing streak, guard Kyrie Irving responded to remarks by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith that Irving was unhappy playing for the Cavs. Cleveland Cavaliers get back to defensive identity late and Tyronn Lue makes right moves: Fedor's five Monday NBA Roundup: LeBron James Carrying Cavs Only Masks Team's ProblemsBleacher Report Cavaliers, Thompson make plays late, hold off Pacers at homeUSA TODAY -Los Angeles Times all 705 news articles »
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Sources: Kevin Durant Interested In [YOUR CRAPPY TEAM HERE]
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Don't look now, but sources are telling us that that the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant is considering YOUR CRAPPY TEAM HERE as a possible 2016 free agent destination. “No, ya, seriously,” a source close to Durant said. Sources close to the All-Star forward say Durant is primarily intrigued by the possibility of teaming up with PLAYER ON YOUR TEAM WHO IS ROUGHLY 10X WORSE THAN RUSSELL WESTBROOK and THAT OVERRATED SECOND-YEAR PLAYER YOUR TEAM IS BANKING ITS FUTURE ON. Stylistically, Durant is reported to be interested in the team’s UPTEMPO OFFENSE (IF TEAM HAS SHORT PLAYERS) / SIZE (IF TEAM HAS TALL PLAYERS) / DEPTH (IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANY GOOD PLAYERS) and the possibility that he could LITERALLY ANYTHING ELSE THAT IS BASKETBALL-RELATED HERE. "He could be interested, he could not be," a separate source close to Durant said. "Only time will tell, probably." Durant is said to be taken by the city’s LARGE TELEVISION MARKET / SMALL-TOWN CHARM and the team’s LONG LEGACY ...
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ESPN Closing Grantland Is The Dumbest 'Smart' Business Decision
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The inevitability of the executioner's ax can't be avoided, but in the case of ESPN and its now-defunct website Grantland, we were hoping it wouldn't be so soon.  When ESPN publicly executed Grantland through its PR department's Twitter account on Friday afternoon, reaction from sports fans and media alike were aligned: It felt like a family member had died. Since its founding in 2011, Grantland has been ESPN's top vestibule for excellent and actual, day-in-and-day-out sports journalism. After Grantland founding editor and muse Bill Simmons was essentially fired in May, ESPN president John Skipper said that his company was "committed to Grantland and we have a strong team in place.” Evidently, as many suspected, this would not be the case long term, but to see Grantland chopped from ESPN within six months of Simmons' departure is a shock.  Simmons built Grantland into a prestigous journalism site, quickly attracting some of the most talented writers across the sports and pop ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Stephen A. Smith
  • 2016
    Age 48
    Smith returned to General Hospital on April 1, 2016, though at press time the role was unknown.
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  • 2015
    Age 47
    On June 11, 2015, Smith received criticism for a comment he made about female soccer players during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details While on SportsCenter, a replay was shown of a goal scored by Norway on a free kick against Germany. Tim Legler pointed out that the German players forming the wall turned their heads as the ball went by, and Smith joked that the players "might not had wanted to mess their hair". Smith's comment was criticized as being sexist and a poor joke. ESPN said they spoke with Smith about the comment, and he later apologized in a series of tweets.
    In an interview with ESPN the Magazine that was published on May 8, 2015, McCoy admitted that while he respected Kelly as a head coach, he did not see eye to eye with him.
    More Details Hide Details McCoy also believed that some of the roster moves that are being made by Kelly are racially motivated. Kelly has said that the roster moves that he has made have nothing to do with race, it has to do with finding the right players that fit well into his team. Smith defended his comments by saying that he never used a form of the word racism to imply that Kelly was a racist.
  • 2014
    Age 46
    Michael David Smith of NBS Sports believed that Smith was hinting at the fact that Kelly's roster moves regarding the 2014 release of wide receiver DeSean Jackson, the McCoy trade and letting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin depart for free agency to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, while still keeping wide receiver Riley Cooper on the Eagles' roster to be racially motivated.
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    In late 2014, Smith signed a multi-year deal with ESPN that will pay him over $3 million per year.
    More Details Hide Details In a March 9, 2015 episode of First Take, while discussing the topic of Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Chip Kelly trading away running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso, Smith said: "Chip Kelly makes decisions over the last couple of years that, dare I say, leave a few brothers feeling uncomfortable."
    On July 29, 2014, Smith was suspended by ESPN for a week and did not appear on any of their programs again until August 6, 2014.
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    On July 25, 2014, Smith made controversial remarks that women may provoke domestic abuse on ESPN2's show ESPN First Take, in regards to the ongoing situation involving Baltimore Ravens' running back Ray Rice and his wife.
    More Details Hide Details After criticism of the remarks, including comments on Twitter from ESPN reporter Michelle Beadle, Smith apologized for his words on a taped segment on ESPN.
  • 2012
    Age 44
    It was announced April 30, 2012 on air that Smith would be joining First Take on a permanent, five-day-per-week basis under a new format for the show called "Embrace Debate" in which he squares off against longtime "First Take" commentator Skip Bayless.
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    April 24, 2012 was Smith's last show for LA 710 ESPN.
    More Details Hide Details It has been reported in an article written by Bob Raissman of the NY Daily News that Smith would leave ESPN 98.7 NY for Sirius XM Radio, where he would join Chris Russo's Mad Dog Sports Channel. This report came a day after Smith made some controversial comments on ESPN 2's First Take regarding the Ray Rice situation. Smith started his television career on the now-defunct cable network CNN/SI in 1999. Smith is currently an analyst and talk show host on ESPN and ESPN First Take. In August 2005, he started hosting a daily hour-long show on ESPN called Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith. After the show was cancelled in January 2007, he mainly concentrated on basketball, serving as an NBA analyst. Smith is known for provocative analysis and dour delivery. Smith has appeared on other ESPN shows as well, including the reality series Dream Job, as well as serving as a frequent guest (and guest host) on Pardon the Interruption, Jim Rome is Burning and as a participant on 1st and 10. He has appeared as an anchor on the Sunday morning edition of SportsCenter, but on April 17, 2009 announced on his website that he would be leaving ESPN on May 1, 2009. The Los Angeles Times reported that ESPN commented that, "We decided to move in different directions." Though according to Big Lead Sports a source says that ESPN and Smith went to the negotiating table and couldn’t reach an agreement.
  • 2011
    Age 43
    It was announced on February 1, 2011, that he would be returning to ESPN as a columnist for and host weekday local radio shows on 1050 ESPN Radio New York (WEPN-AM) at 7–9 p.m.
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    In early 2011, Smith became a resident FSR NBA insider and ended his morning show.
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  • 2010
    Age 42
    On his radio program, Smith predicted that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh would all sign with the Miami Heat during 2010 free agency.
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    Smith became a Fox Sports Radio morning show host on January 4, 2010, replacing Washington, D.C.-based host Steve Czaban.
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  • 2009
    Age 41
    In November 2009, Smith became an on-air contributor to Fox Sports Radio, and was the one who broke the story of Allen Iverson's retirement on the Chris Myers-Steve Hartman afternoon show on November 25.
    More Details Hide Details Iverson later ended his short retirement, and re-joined the Philadelphia 76ers on December 2.
  • 2008
    Age 40
    The show came to an end in April 2008 as Smith sought to expand his career in television, and beginning May 1 Scott Van Pelt began hosting in the 3–4 p.m. hour that was previously Smith's.
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    In 2008, the Inquirer ended its relationship with Smith, which coincided with Smith starting his own blog,
    More Details Hide Details In February 2010, Smith returned to the Philadelphia Inquirer after winning an arbitrator's ruling that he was to be reinstated, but having to agree to remove all of his political views from his website and from cable news shows.
  • 2007
    Age 39
    On September 20, 2007, his radio show was shifted to the 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. slot, with the second hour being broadcast nationally on ESPN Radio, replacing The Dan Patrick Show (Mike Tirico took over the first two hours).
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    Smith made his acting debut on the ABC soap opera General Hospital in a cameo appearance as a television reporter on the February 2, 2007, episode.
    More Details Hide Details Later the same year, he was in the Chris Rock motion picture I Think I Love My Wife. Beginning in 2014, he has appeared in a series of Oberto all-natural beef jerky commercials as "The Little Voice in Your Stomach," each time appearing alongside sports figures, such as star athletes Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and pro snowboarder Louie Vito, and notable basketball sportscaster Dick "Dickie V" Vitale.
  • 2005
    Age 37
    On April 11, 2005, Smith became the host of a weekday noon to 2 p.m. radio show on WEPN in New York City with his "right-hand man B.T. (Brandon Tierney)".
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  • 1967
    Smith was born in New York City, New York on October 14, 1967.
    More Details Hide Details He was raised in the Hollis section of Queens. Smith is the second youngest of six children. He has four older sisters and a younger brother named Basil, who died in a car accident in October 1992. He also has a half brother on his father's side. Smith's parents were originally from Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and his father managed a hardware store. Smith graduated from Thomas Edison High School in Queens. After attending the Fashion Institute of Technology for one year, Smith received a basketball scholarship to attend Winston-Salem State University, a historically black university in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While in college, he played basketball under Hall of Fame coach Clarence Gaines. While still on the team, Smith wrote a column for the university newspaper, The News Argus, arguing Gaines should retire due to health issues. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
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