*So, we’re gonna be stuck with Stephen A. Smith for a minute.
The ESPN personality, who joined ESPN in 2003 as an NBA analyst and reporter, has re-upped with the sports network in a multi-year deal, according to reports.
A featured commentator on the channel’s daily debate program “First Take,” Smith will continue to appear regularly on ESPN’s signature SportsCenter and on numerous other programs and platforms.
He also hosts his weekday program, The Stephen A. Smith Show, on SiriusXM radio.
“Stephen A. is one of the strongest and most distinct voices in sports commentary today, and he will continue to enliven a wide variety of ESPN television and audio offerings with his thought-provoking takes on the news of the day and topical issues where sports and culture intersect,” said John Wildhack, EVP Programming and Production at ESPN.
The re-up comes following a year in which Smith found himself suspended for a week over his comments about the NFL’s Ray Rice situation. The remarks touched of a maelstrom of criticism on social and traditional media, leading to him apologize on camera.