Does Stephen A. Smith from ESPN’s “Take First” get to slight Lebron James? Podcast, Net Worth, Salary, Wife, Education

• Stephen A. Smith is a radio host, television personality, sports journalist, and actor
• He is best known for his role on ESPN's First Take and as an NBA Analyst
• He has a net worth of $10 million
• He started his career in print media before moving to radio and television
• He has been criticized for making controversial remarks about domestic abuse, race and sexism

Who is Stephen A. Smith?

Stephen Anthony Smith was born on 14 October 1967, in New York City, USA, and is a radio host, television personality, sports journalist and actor, but probably best known for being a commentator on the show “ESPN First Take”, alongside Molly Qerim and Max Kellerman. He is also a frequent guest in the show “SportsCenter” as an NBA Analyst, and has appeared in numerous other ESPN programs both on radio and television, with his focus on the NBA.

The Net Worth of Stephen A. Smith?

How rich is Stephen A. Smith? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is at $10 million, earned largely through a successful career as a sports journalist. He’s also done written work online for several publications, and as he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life and Education

Stephen grew up in the Hollis section of Queens in New York City, in a family of six children of which he is the second youngest. However, his younger brother passed away in 1992 following a car accident. His parents were originally from the US Virgin Islands; his father managed a hardware store. He attended Thomas Edison High School located in Queens.

After matriculating from high school, he enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology for a year, but then moved to Winston-Salem State University after receiving a basketball scholarship. He played under Hall of Fame coach Clarence Gaines, and also began his foray into sports journalism, writing for the university newspaper called The News Argus, arguing that his coach should retire due to health issues he was experiencing. After graduating, he then began a career in the print media.

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Print and Radio

Smith began his career with publications such as “New York Daily News”, “Greensboro News and Record”, and “Winston-Salem Journal”. In 1994, he was hired by “The Philadelphia Inquirer” to write an National Basketball Association (NBA) column focused on the Philadelphia 76ers. He was then promoted to a general sports columnist, continuing until the mid-2000s. Around the same time, he was hired as a host of a radio show on New York City’s WEPN, with a segment being broadcast nationally through ESPN Radio.

The show later ended as he expanded his career to television, meantime in 2009 becoming an on-air contributor to Fox Sports Radio. He was earning his way to becoming one of the top sports television personalities focused on the NBA, heading several breaking news stories. His presence increased further through his work with ESPN, particularly on the show “ESPN First Take” in which he serves as a talk show host and analyst. He also hosted a daily one hour show called “Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith”, but it was soon cancelled so he could focus more on his duties as an NBA analyst.

Television Prominence

One of the reasons for Stephen’s rise in fame was due to his delivery and analysis, which was often described as provocative. He also expanded his appearances, to other shows, such as “Dream Job”, and “Pardon the Interruption, Jim Rome is Burning”. In 2009, he announced that he was leaving ESPN as they couldn’t reach a contract agreement. However, the separation was short-lived, as he soon returned to take a more permanent role in the show “First Take” under a new format.

He signed a multi-year deal with ESPN in 2014, which will ensure him pay of over $3 million per year, increasing his net worth significantly. He also forayed into acting, making his debut in the soap opera “General Hospital” as a television reporter, and during the same year he was cast in the film “I Think I Love My Wife”, starring Chris Rock. He’s also appeared in a series of beef jerky commercials for Oberto, alongside other sports figures including Richard Sherman, pro snowboarder Louie Vito, and Dick “Dickie V” Vitale, a basketball sportscaster. In 2016, he returned to “General Hospital” reprising his role.

Personal Life and Controversies

For his personal life, nothing is known about Smith’s romantic endeavors – there has never been any report of a girlfriend or wife. Several sources state that he is single, but others state that he is just not inclined to share much about his private life.

Throughout his career, he’s been known to make some controversial remarks which have caused a lot of criticism. He made a remark about women provoking domestic abuse when covering a story about running back Ray Rice and his wife; he later apologized for his words in a taped segment, but was suspended for nearly a month. He also hinted that the Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was making moves to his roster that were racially motivated, which led to a statement by Kelly defending his roster moves as having nothing to do with race. Smith made a joke about the FIFA Women’s World Cup, particularly the players not wanting to mess up their hair, a statement which was perceived as sexist, and he was reprimanded by ESPN once more, which led him to post a series of tweets apologizing for his comments. He has also been critical of NFL players and their alleged use of marijuana, which is still prohibited by league policy. He supports the league and wants players to stay off weed.

Olivia Wilson

Olivia Wilson is currently a reporter for AffairPost based in London, United Kingdom. Prior to joining AffairPost in September 2018, she was a entertainment reporter. Olivia studied journalism at Cardiff University, graduating in 2010.

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