Stephen A. Smith, more commonly known as Stephen A, is an American sports media figure with a net worth of $10 million dollars. Smith makes an annual salary of $2 million dollars.
Stephen A was born Stephen Anthony Smith. He was born in New York City, NY on October 14, 1967. He was raised with his five brothers and sisters in the Hollis section of Queens. He has four older sisters and a younger brother, Basil. Sadly, his brother died in a car accident in October 1992. He also has a half brother from his father’s pervious marriage. Smith’s mother and father came to America from the US Virgin Islands, where his father managed a hardware store.
Smith graduated from Thomas Edison High School in Queens. After high school, He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology for two years. After graduating, He received a basketball scholarship at Winston-Salem State University. While playing for Winston-Salem State, he played for Hall of Fame coach Clarence Gaines. While He was still on the team, Gaines wrote a column for the college’s newspaper, The News Argus. In one of his articles, he argued that Gaines should retire from coaching due to health reasons. This caused waves for Smith. While in college, he pledged and became a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
Steven A. has had a very successful in newspaper, radio, television, and has also tried his hand at acting.
Print Media: After writing for The News Argus, in college, Smith went on to work for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He started reporting as the NBA columnist for the Philadelphia 76ers. He later started working as a general sports columnist. In August 2007, Smith was demoted back to a general sports columnist. In 2008, The Philadelphia Inquirer let Smith go. After his dismissal, Smith started writing his own blog, stephena.com. Smith did not take his dismissal lying down, and took his case to court. In February 2010, He won an arbitrator’s ruling and was reinstated. In order to begin working for the paper again, He had to agree to remove his political views from his cable news shows and his website.
Radio: In April 2005, Smith started hosting a radio show on WEPN in New York City. He had the noon to 2pm slot, and worked with Brandon Tierney. In 2007, the show was moved to the 2pm to 4pm shift. The second hour was broadcast nationally on ESPN Radio. In 2008, Smith left the show to work more in television. In November 2009, Smith announced Allen Iverson’s retirement While working on the Chris-Myers-Steve Hartman show in the afternoon, on Fox Radio.
Television: Smith started his television career on the cable network, CNN/SI in 1999. The channel has since gone off the air. He began working for a daily ESPN show, call Quite Frankly in August 2005. In January 2007, the show was canceled due to comments made by Smith, which many viewers considered to be racist. After that, He worked mainly as an NBA analyst. He has appeared on several other ESPN shows including, Dream Job, Pardon the Interruption, Jim Rone is Burning, and 1st and 10, and the Sunday morning edition of Sports Center. While working on these shows, Smith is known for making off hand and often controversial remarks. In March 2013, He was asked to compare Miami Heat’s 14 game winning streak with the Chicago Blackhawk’s point streak. His remarks were considered controversial regarding the NHL employing a tie system. He started another controversy on July 25, 2014 by saying that women promote domestic abuse While working on the ESPN2 show, ESPN First Take. This comment came to light following the scandal involving Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice and his wife. After his remarks were greatly criticized, He apologized for his comments on a taped segment for ESPN. Following the incident, ESPN suspended Smith for a week, and He did not appear on any of their programs until August 6, 2014.
Acting Career: Smith made his acting debut in a cameo appearance as a television reporter on the February 2, 2007 episode of General Hospital. In late 2007, He appeared in the motion picture, I Think I Love My Wife, starring Chris Rock. In 2014, He starred in a series of Oberto beef jerky commercials as “The Little Voice in Your Stomach”.
Stephen A. Smith knows sports. Since his first college newspaper article, all the way to today, He has proved this again and again. Currently, Smith is an analyst and host on ESPN and on ESPN First Take.