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ESPN Analyst Stephen Smith Leaves Network

By Randall Stevens   /   Published 04/22/09

2009-04-22 - Stephen A. SmithSports Analyst, Stephen A. Smith, will be out of a job soon, as ESPN opts out of renewing his contract.

Smith, known for his blunt commentary about atheletes and sports in general, made a name for himself as a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, before his meteoric rise as an ESPN analyst, eventually landing his own show, "Quite Frankly," on ESPN2.

According to AOL's BlackVoices, he'll be leaving ESPN as soon as May 1, when he serves as an NBA reporter for the last time.

Despite the dismissal, Smith looks back on his time with the network with "great memories and, most importantly, great friendships."

"It's been a wonderful, wonderful ride, filled with great accomplishments, great memories and, most importantly, great friendships," Smith said in a statement. "It's difficult to express how appreciative I am to ESPN for all it's done for my career. But nothing lasts forever. It's time to move on.

"While my love for sports has never dissipated -- of course, I'll never let go of sports -- my desire to venture beyond sports into the world of news, politics and entertainment has grown. Where that will take me? Who knows! But I'm about to find out. I'll just do so with some degree of sadness, knowing all the friends I'll leave behind," he continued.

Smith's "Quite Frankly" show lasted 17 months on ESPN.

His plans for the future were unknown at press time.

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  • Pimpin

    Hell yes! Stephen A. Smith is a moron. He tries to be buddy, buddy with all the people as opposed to being objective. He also thinks he's some kind of rockstar (wearing sunglasses on tv). Glad he's unemployed

  • Thuglyfe

    WTF, he's been flip floppin' alot lately but I stil like him. First Greg Anthony, now Stephen A. Smith. I hope NBA TV or TNT picks him up. I would love to see him and Sir Charles go at! BTW I hope he changes his pick for the championship, he chose my Lakers last year too and he jinks us. Go Lakers!!!!!!

  • anzee11

    He won't be unemployed for long. I'll bet my paycheck on that. You'll be glad for a couple of hours. Nothing more or less.

  • Sactown

    Stphen A. was a fradu. He knew nothing about the game He just said what everyone knew already, only louder.

  • Real Talk

    you guys are dumb as fuck. Stephen A. was the truth. The livest nigga on ESPN. Of course he'll bounce back while all of you keep hatin' on him. Damn, crab mentality at it's finest.

  • hype train

    staphen a smith is junk. look at his interviews with high profile athletes like the few he did with T.O. man he rode owens' dick the whole interview and showed no real integrity. fraud.

  • Demetrius Owens

    Stephen A keep your head up. One door closes and two doors open. Keep giving the real and giving them HELL, the truth hurts! TOO BLACK, TOO STRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thuglyfe

    Stephen A. Smith is one of the best anyalyst Espn ever had, he just flip flops sometimes. Theres not that many anyalyst that don't flip flop! Also he is better then Skip on First Take. Skip is a punk ass hater!!!!

  • lou

    Def gonna miss Stephen A. Smith to the fullest who's one of the best to do it, especially cimoared to BUMS like Skip who is a superhater, esp when it comes to LB! Loved when Smith would come on First Take and crush Skip on 1st and 10! Keep ur head up Stephen A, its espns loss and your future employers gain!

  • Richgreenlawn

    stevie smith is a piece of shit who is so full of himself.
    hating tim tebow claiming hes not a good quarterback.
    last time i checked tebow was 4 and 1. get a life hater
    keep race out of this. im so sick of the race card. hes
    just stupid..