The previous several months have seen the world hit significantly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has impacted many lives around the globe that includes massive financial hits to many different industries. Among those has seen the sports media scene take a considerable hit that has led ESPN to make many layoffs. During these trying times, Stephen A. Smith has had to blast back at criticism directed at him.
ESPN makes massive employee cuts
The COVID-19 pandemic this year has taken a significant hit in many different industries across the nation.
The economic loss due to the virus has been quite sizable through many different companies. ESPN is no exception to the situation despite being arguably the most recognizable sports media company in the world.
The profit loss has led to the business making the tough decision of letting go more than 300 people over the last several weeks. ESPN has parted ways with many notable employees across many of their different sports coverages.
The layoffs have seen many award-winning journalists, behind-the-scene staffers, and tv personalities lose their jobs. Many more have continued to take to social media to announce that their tenure at ESPN has ended.
Amid these disappointing layoffs, Stephen A. Smith has to defend himself and his status with the company through social media.
Stephen A. Smith blasts critics targeting his “fat salary”
Throughout much of his tenure, Stephen A. Smith has held no hesitation in speaking his mind and defending himself when needed.
Smith has had to go to that route yet again after a Twitter user took aim at him and fellow First Take co-host Max Kellerman for their considerable salaries during ESPN’s massive layoffs. The longtime sports personality quickly fired back at the criticism.
“You might be able to get over it if you’d done your damn homework,” Smith said. “I generate revenue clown. I bring money to help KEEP JOBS, not lose the. Know who the F&^%$ you’re talking about before opening your mouth. If you didn’t know you should’ve asked somebody.”
Smith is just over a year removed from his ironing out his new contract with ESPN that will pay him nearly $8 million annually. Although he has received criticism for various viewpoints over the years, Smith is one of the company’s most recognizable faces and polarizing tv personalities.
He has helped anchor ESPN’s First Take for over a decade while making appearances on their NBA content due to his previous experience as an NBA beat writer and connections. Smith has been one of the company’s stabilizing forces through this difficult time that they will continue to lean on.
Tough times will continue to lie ahead
The sports media industry, like many other businesses, has been struck hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The situation has led to many people around the country losing their jobs due to the financial losses companies experienced. Things have been a massive struggle to move in the right direction, which has created much uncertainty in the future ahead.
There has been some much-needed progress made with coming to a solution with vaccines. All that gives off the possible appearance that things may begin to clear up at some point in 2021.
Until there is more clarity in getting the virus matters handled, there could be more troubling times ahead for many different industries. There are uphill battles that lie ahead, which will have tough decisions that can further impact these businesses.