Stephen A Smith is an American sports personality. His jobs include being a sports presenter on television, sports radio host, sports journalist, and an actor. Stephen has made a long list of attempts in his sports career – he started his career in print media with the Winston-Salem Journal, the Greensboro News-Record, and the New York Daily News.
In 1914, Smith held a position as a writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer. His relationship with the Inquirer ended in 2008, and in the same year, he started his own blog, stephena.com. He returned to the Inquirer two years later, but he was given the condition that he was going to remove all of his political views from his website and from cable news shows.
Stephen A Smith is best known for his appearances on ESPN as a basketball analyst and as a host for their debate show “First Take.” He has quit and resumed work as ESPN sports analyst a couple of times since he first joined them in 2009. Smith is known for provocative analysis and aggressive delivery. He has had a number of setbacks in his career as a result of his smart mouth. At one time he was accused of making sexist remarks about some female players, and at another time he had allegedly implied that Coach Kelly was racist.
Stephen A Smith’s Bio
Stephen A Smith was born on October 14, 1967, in the Bronx borough of New York City to African-American parents. Except for Smith’s maternal grandmother who was white, the rest of his grandparents were black. His father used to manage a hardware store. He has five siblings: four older sisters and a younger brother named Basil, who died in a car accident in October 1992. There is also a half-brother from his father.
Stephen graduated from Thomas Edison High School in Queens. He then attended Fashion Institute of Technology for one year, after which he received a basketball scholarship to attend Wisdom-Salem state university, a historically black university in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While he was still in college, Smith played basketball under Hall of Fame coach Clarence Gaines, and while still on the basketball team, he wrote a column for the University newspaper, The News-Argus, arguing that Gaines should retire due to health issues.
Stephen A is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, an international fraternity with over 750 undergraduate and graduate chapters. Omega Psi Phi is predominantly African-American.
Family – Wife, Kids, Mother, Girlfriend
Stephen A has been known for keeping his personal profile low and secret. Although he is known to be married for certain, his wife’s identity seems to be top secret, and some people assume he is either gay or not married at all. He is hardly ever seen with any seemingly ‘special’ woman in public, and in a rare occurrence, he was spotted with a black lady friend in 2011 at the second annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala held at Cipriani, Wall Street in New York City. Stephen Smith has even been rumored to have a nine-year-old son, but he has denied ever having any such son anywhere. He hasn’t said anything about a wife or a girlfriend either.
Unlike his questionable secrecy about his wife or any other lover, Stephen has been particularly vocal about his mum, her immeasurable contributions to his success and the place she occupied in his life. Stephen lost his mum on the morning of June 1, 2017. Janet Smith had passed on a Thursday morning after a battle with cancer. In his tribute to her, he called her ‘the best woman he had ever known’.
Stephen A Smith’s Salary and Net Worth
Stephen has a net worth of about $10 million, earning a salary of about $3.5 million from his work as ESPN sports analyst, where he appears with Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim. He signed a multi-year deal with ESPN in 2014 and he also hosts “The Stephen A Smith Show” on the Chris Russo sports radio station: Mad Dog Sports Radio (SIRIUS XM Radio, channel 82). He receives a million dollars a year for his Sirius show.
Stephen has a height of 6 feet 1 inch, or 1.85 meters.