The University of Rhode Island will welcome commentator, talk/radio host and famous sports television personality, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, a presentation provided by the Student Entertainment Committee and will occur on Wednesday, April 8 at 8 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium.
Smith is widely known amongst those who watch the show, “ESPN First Take”, the morning talk show featuring Smith, Skip Bayless and Cari Champion. Smith’s fame as a sports journalist is outwardly sprung by the personality he provides. By delivering fresh ideas and honest yet original outspoken opinions, Smith has made a name for himself.
Conversely, these forthright thoughts have sometimes gotten Smith into trouble. During the past summer, Smith was suspended from ESPN after comments he made during Ray Rice’s domestic violence scandal of July 2014.
However, there are plenty of times that Smith’s sentiments have been touted. These same perspectives have also stood as a platform for which the Winston-Salem State University Alum has earned his success. In 2010, Smith perhaps truly launched his career by being the first well-known journalist to predict the signing of Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat.
Smith’s opinionated stances sometimes bleed into topics such as politics and civil rights as well. Smith’s recent Twitter feed also contains of discussion of topics like the Indiana Religious Freedom Act. And according to The Washington Post last month, while giving a lecture at Vanderbilt University, Smith discussed more of these types of subjects, when he aired his trepidations surrounding the Black vote.
Smith is quoted, saying:
“What I dream is that for one election, just one, every black person in America vote Republican… Black folks in America are telling one party, ‘We don’t give a damn about you.’ They’re telling the other party, ‘You’ve got our vote.’ …the other party knows they’ll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest.”
It seems that for better or worse, no topic if off-limits to Smith.
Tickets for the April 8 show can be purchased via the Memorial Union Box Office, the Ryan Center Box Office or online at: ryancenter.com. Student tickets are priced at $10, while tickets for the General Public are $20.