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Stephen Anthony Smith[1] (born October 14, 1967) is an American sports television personality, sports radio host, sports journalist, and actor. Smith is a commentator on ESPN
ESPN
First Take, where he appears with Max Kellerman
Max Kellerman
and Molly Qerim. He also makes frequent appearances as an NBA
NBA
analyst on SportsCenter. He also is an NBA
NBA
analyst for ESPN on NBA
NBA
Countdown and NBA
NBA
broadcasts on ESPN. Smith formerly hosted The Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith
and Ryan Ruocco Show on ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio
New York 98.7 FM. He now hosts "The Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith
Show" on the Chris Russo sports radio station: Mad Dog Sports Radio
Mad Dog Sports Radio
(SIRIUS XM Radio, channel 82) and is a featured columnist for ESPNNY.com, ESPN.com, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Contents

1 Early years 2 Career

2.1 Print media 2.2 Radio 2.3 Television 2.4 Acting career

3 Filmography

3.1 Film 3.2 Television

4 References 5 External links

Early years Smith was born in the Bronx
Bronx
borough of New York City
New York City
on October 14, 1967. He was raised in the Hollis section of Queens.[2] Smith is the second youngest of six children.[1][3] 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. His father managed a hardware store. Smith's maternal grandmother was white, while the rest of his grandparents were black.[4] Smith graduated from Thomas Edison High School in Queens.[5] After attending the Fashion Institute of Technology
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.[6] He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. Career Print media Smith began his print media career with the Winston-Salem Journal, the Greensboro News and Record
Greensboro News and Record
and the New York Daily News. Beginning in 1994, Smith had a position as a writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He began reporting on the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
as their NBA
NBA
columnist, and eventually, as a general sports columnist. On August 23, 2007, the Inquirer announced that Smith would no longer be writing columns and would instead be demoted back to the position of general assignment reporter. In 2008, the Inquirer ended its relationship with Smith, which coincided with Smith starting his own blog, stephena.com. 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.[7] Radio On April 11, 2005, Smith became the host of a weekday noon to 2 p.m. radio show on WEPN in New York City
New York City
with his "right-hand man B.T. (Brandon Tierney)". 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
ESPN
Radio, replacing The Dan Patrick Show (Mike Tirico took over the first two hours). 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
Scott Van Pelt
began hosting in the 3–4 p.m. hour that was previously Smith's. 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. Iverson later ended his short retirement, and re-joined the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
on December 2. Smith became a Fox Sports Radio
Fox Sports Radio
morning show host on January 4, 2010, replacing Washington, D.C.-based host Steve Czaban. On his radio program, Smith predicted that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh would all sign with the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
during 2010 free agency.[8] In early 2011, Smith became a resident FSR NBA
NBA
insider and ended his morning show. It was announced on February 1, 2011, that he would be returning to ESPN
ESPN
as a columnist for ESPN.com
ESPN.com
and host weekday local radio shows on 1050 ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio
New York (WEPN-AM) at 7–9 p.m. ET as well as 710 ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio
Los Angeles (KSPN-AM) at 6–8 p.m. PT. April 24, 2012 was Smith's last show for LA 710 ESPN.[9] In 2013, Smith left ESPN
ESPN
for Sirius XM Radio, where he joined Chris Russo's Mad Dog Sports Channel. The move was announced just one day after Smith made some controversial comments on ESPN
ESPN
2's First Take program regarding the Ray Rice
Ray Rice
situation.[10] On January 17, 2017, Smith will move from Sirius XM's Mad Dog Sports channel back to ESPN. His daily two-hour program will be heard on WEPN in New York, KSPN in Los Angeles, Sirius XM's ESPN
ESPN
channel, and via syndication.[11] Television Smith started his television career on the now-defunct cable network CNN/SI
CNN/SI
in 1999. Smith is currently an analyst and talk show host on ESPN
ESPN
and ESPN First Take. In August 2005, he started hosting a daily hour-long show on ESPN
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
NBA
analyst. Smith is known for provocative analysis and dour delivery. Smith has appeared on other ESPN
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
ESPN
on May 1, 2009. The Los Angeles Times reported that ESPN
ESPN
commented that, "We decided to move in different directions."[12] Though according to Big Lead Sports a source says that ESPN
ESPN
and Smith went to the negotiating table and couldn’t reach an agreement.[13] Since then, Smith has returned to ESPN. 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. On July 25, 2014, Smith made controversial remarks that women may provoke domestic abuse on ESPN2's show ESPN
ESPN
First Take, in regards to the ongoing situation involving Baltimore Ravens' running back Ray Rice and his wife.[14] After criticism of the remarks, including comments on Twitter from ESPN
ESPN
reporter Michelle Beadle, Smith apologized for his words on a taped segment on ESPN. On July 29, 2014, Smith was suspended by ESPN
ESPN
for a week and did not appear on any of their programs again until August 6, 2014.[15] In late 2014, Smith signed a multi-year deal with ESPN
ESPN
that will pay him over $3 million per year.[16] In a March 9, 2015 episode of First Take, while discussing the topic of Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Chip Kelly
Chip Kelly
trading away running back LeSean McCoy
LeSean McCoy
to the Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
for linebacker Kiko Alonso, Smith said: " Chip Kelly
Chip Kelly
has made decisions over the last couple of years that, dare I say, leave a few brothers feeling uncomfortable." Michael David Smith of NBS Sports believed that Smith had hinted 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
Riley Cooper
on the Eagles' roster might be racially motivated.[17] In an interview with ESPN
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. McCoy also believed that some of the roster moves that are being made by Kelly are racially motivated.[18] 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.[19] Smith defended his comments by saying that he never used a form of the word racism to imply that Kelly was a racist.[20] On June 11, 2015, Smith received criticism for a comment he made about female soccer players during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. 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 have wanted to mess up 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.[21] On November 5, 2016, Smith joined Top Rank's broadcasting team for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas
Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas
boxing Pay-per-View event.[22] Acting career Smith made his acting debut on the ABC soap opera General Hospital
General Hospital
in a cameo appearance as a television reporter on the February 2, 2007, episode .[23] Later the same year, he was in the Chris Rock
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. Smith returned to General Hospital
General Hospital
on April 1, 2016, though at press time the role was unknown.[24] Filmography Film

Year Title Role Notes ref

2007 I Think I Love My Wife Allan Romantic comedy film
Romantic comedy film
directed by and also starring Chris Rock. [25]

Television

Year Title Role Notes ref

2007 General Hospital Reporter Cameo appearance [23]

2016 Brick [24]

2017

References

^ a b Greenfield, Karl Taro (August 1, 2005), "Stephen A., As In . . .", Sports Illustrated, 103 (4), archived from the original on September 16, 2013  ^ Britell, Alexander (October 8, 2012). "For ESPN's Stephen A Smith, Finding a Sanctuary in St Thomas". Caribbean Journal. Retrieved September 15, 2013.  ^ Mizell, Gina (June 18, 2012). "Interview with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith–the long version". The Oklahoman. Retrieved September 15, 2013.  ^ "Cowboys: "Dak Prescott Connects To Team In Ways Tony Romo Cannot"". YouTube. January 11, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2017.  ^ "Stephen X". Philadelphia Magazine. December 2004. Retrieved September 15, 2013.  ^ Richard Sandomir, ESPN's New Master of the Offensive Foul, The New York Times, July 31, 2005, Accessed January 22, 2009. ^ Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith
in Inquirer After 2-Year Feud The Maynard Institute Archived February 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. Mije.org (February 8, 2010). Retrieved on December 22, 2011. ^ LeBron James
LeBron James
Picks Miami: Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith
Was Right – Speakeasy – WSJ. Blogs.wsj.com (July 8, 2010). Retrieved on July 26, 2014. ^ Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith
is reportedly close to new deal to return to ESPN. NY Daily News (January 26, 2011) Retrieved February 10, 2012 ^ "Raissman: Stephen A. Smith, fresh off rant on domestic violence, heading to Sirius". Retrieved March 22, 2017.  ^ http://www.talkers.com January 4, 2017 ^ Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith
is leaving ESPN
ESPN
– latimes.com. Latimesblogs.latimes.com (April 17, 2009). Retrieved on December 22, 2011. ^ Enjoy Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith
While You Can – He’s Got About Six Three Weeks Left at ESPN. The Big Lead (April 16, 2009). Retrieved on December 22, 2011. ^ Grenoble, Ryan (July 25, 2014). "Stephen A Smith: Abuse Victims Should Learn 'About The Elements Of Provocation'". Retrieved March 22, 2017 – via Huff Post.  ^ Mandell, Nina (29 July 2014). " Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith
won't be on ESPN
ESPN
for a week after controversial comments". USA Today. Retrieved 29 July 2014.  ^ turner, gus. " ESPN
ESPN
stephan a smith agree to new contract". complex.com. Retrieved 23 January 2015.  ^ "ESPN's Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith
suggests racism in Chip Kelly's roster moves". Retrieved March 22, 2017.  ^ "McCoy: Kelly dumped 'the good black players'". Retrieved March 22, 2017.  ^ " Chip Kelly
Chip Kelly
on racism, extra points, Sam Bradford and all things Eagles OTA". Retrieved March 22, 2017.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 2, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2015.  ^ " ESPN
ESPN
host Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith
makes terrible joke about Women's World Cup players not wanting to mess up their hair". Retrieved March 22, 2017.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 8, 2016. Retrieved November 7, 2016.  ^ a b "Disney Inundates General Hospital
General Hospital
Episode With References To New Year's Eve College Football Playoff Games". Deadspin. December 30, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2016.  ^ a b "A HOST OF CAMEOS ON GH". Soap Opera Digest. United States. American Media, Inc. March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2016.  ^ "I Think I Love My Wife". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 

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