Stephen A. Smith
- Birth Name Stephen Anthony Smith
- Birth Place New York City, New York
- Famous Name Stephen A. Smith
- Mother Janet Smith
- Net Worth $16 Million
- Salary $8 Million
- Nationality American
- Ethnicity Afro-American
- Currently Married N/A
- Divorce N/A
- Affair with N/A
- Girlfriend N/A
Stephen A. Smith is an American sports television personality, sports radio host, sports journalist, and actor. He is currently serving as a commentator on ESPN First Take, where he appears with Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim.
Stephen A. Smith has an estimated net worth of $16 million in 2019 and earns $8 million per annum as salary.
Stephen A. Smith's Net worth in 2019
Stephen A. Smith has an estimated net worth of $16 million in 2019, including all of his properties and earnings. As per the deal signed with ESPN in 2014, his annual salary was reported to be $3 million. However, he later started receiving a yearly salary of $3.5 from ESPN and $1 million from his SiriusXM radio show in 2018.
The First Take Commentator signed a new five-year deal with ESPN recently in November 2019. The new contract will reportedly make him the highest-paid sportscaster of ESPN with an annual salary of $8 million. He will now earn more than Mike Greenberg, who previously had the highest salary of $6.5 million.
Earlier while working for Fox Sports Radio, his salary was reported to be about $1 million. Smith is also looking to grab a lucrative deal with ESPN just like Skip Bayless signed with Fox Sports worth $25 million.
With a tremendous net worth, Stephen A Smith is living a lavish lifestyle. Further, he owns a few of the best luxury cars in the world. The Car brands owned by him include Range Rover, Chevrolet, and BMW.
Besides, there is no information about real estate properties owned by him.
Stephen A. Smith Rumored to be Dating his Girlfriend
Accounting his personal life and affairs, the reporter so far has managed his private life away from the razzle-dazzle of the media. According to the sources, currently 50, Stephen A. Smith rumored to be married but has not opened up anything.
Being a public figure, the sports TV personality is often surrounded with rumors regarding his love life. Seeing the above picture, many got confused about his relationship status. But due to lack of information, his love life is a mystery.
He has kept his personal life low profiled and has never revealed anything about his love life. Even after being a phenomenal sports reporter, he manages to keep his personal life away from the limelight. The unmarried journalist isn't caught in any gay rumors; hence, we believe he is straight.
Extremely active in social sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, A. Smith has not posted a single picture with a lady who is assumed to be his potential wife or girlfriend.
He is also successful in his acting career and made his appearance in the movie "I Think I Love My Wife" released in 2007. He also appeared in commercials including “The Little Voice in Your Stomach.”
Stephen A. Smith Controversy
Smith was in a feud with basketball player Stephen Curry's wife Ayesha Curry after he made controversial comments on her.
In 2018, he made some racy comments on Snoop Dogg's show for which he was heavily criticized. When Snoop asked what part of a female’s anatomy he liked more, Smith replied:
“Always, always (a term that refers to the buttocks). I know I’m associated with Walt Disney, but everybody knows I’m a bottom feeder.”
Earlier in 2014, he was also suspended from ESPN for his controversial comments on domestic violence.
Stephen A. Smith is 6 feet and 1 inch tall. He is earning a fruitful salary from various sources. He might also have some amount from his movie career.
Early Life and Education
Stephen A. Smith was born as Stephen Anthony Smith on 14 October 1967, to an American parent, Janet Smith in a New York City, the United States of America. The Yankie reporter is the eldest child in his family and grew up along with a younger brother and four younger sisters in the Hollis section of Queens.
His father, who was an outstanding baseball player, divorced his mother and married another woman later. He also has a half-brother from his father's side
He attended Thomas Edison High School and further joined the Winston-Salem State University.
Stephen A. Smith Professional Career
Talking about his professional career, after studying the Fashion Institute of Technology for one year, he accepted a basketball scholarship to attend Winston-Salem State University and played basketball in his college career.
He started his print media career with the Winston-Salem Journal, the Greensboro News, and Record and the New York Daily News.
Since 1994, he started reporting college games and watched for the youngsters with potential and reported the games as well. Smith predicted that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh would all sign with the Miami Heat during 2010 picks.
Further, Stephen A. Smith, in the studio with Steve Levy following the fight, discussed and predicted the super-fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather and even predicted Floyd to win the boxing match.
After contributing as a successful sports journalist and sports radio host, he started his television career from CNN/SI in 1999.
Currently, he works as a sports analyst for ESPN. The sportscaster is very straightforward with his words, and people believe words that he speaks, which has established him as a homely name in American sports media.
Stephen A. Smith has a brief acting career. He has appeared in ABC soap opera General Hospital as a reporter and has also portrayed in Chris Rock motion picture I Think I Love My Wife.
On Wednesday’s episode of ESPN’s “First Take” Smith talked about why Aaron Rodgers should demand a trade from Packers.
First Take Catchphrases
Smith is recognized for his frequent of catchphrases while hosting First Take, like blasphemous, when describing something shocking that does not make taste to him.
Furthermore, the day later the initial game of the 2018 NBA Finals, which saw Cleveland Cavaliers rooster J.R. Smith dribbles the ball out in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter rather than attempt to break the tied score and bring the Cavaliers the triumph against the Golden State Warriors.
Smith jokingly passed his "Stay off the weed!" comment at the demand of the live crowd attending the live First Take taping in Oakland, earning praise from the crowd and his First Take co-hosts. The Warriors eventually won the series and the NBA championship in a four-game sweep.
The controversial ESPN host also talked about wide receiver Josh Gordon's ongoing battle with drug addiction and mental health issues recently in December 2018.
This is a HORRIBLE take from Stephen A Smith on mental illness and addiction. I’m absolutely appalled this aired on television. pic.twitter.com/W7tYQca2OA
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) December 21, 2018
Fans and reporters criticized Stephen A. Smith for his controversial statement over Gordon.
What happened to Stephen A. Smith’s arm?
Following a short hiatus on 29th July 2019 when he returned to ESPN's First Take, the TV personality was sporting a brand-new accessory: an arm sling. He addressed the wound in his first show back, but when he was flooded with questions from viewers, he explained in a behind-the-scenes video why he’s wearing the brace.
He told that he tore his rotator cuff while boxing, but went into a little more detail after coming back to work. "I wanted to get myself in some shape," he explained. "Lost about 10 pounds, wanted to lose a little bit more, plus I love to box… I haven’t been able to box over the last year because of my schedule and all that stuff, so I decided to get back heavily into it."