Cowherd: Stuart Scott Inundated With Racist Letters When He Joined SportsCenter
January 5 / Jake O'Donnell / SportsGrid
ESPN's President Jon Skipper joined Colin Cowherd today to speak on the passing of sports media icon Stuart Scott. Amidst the superlatives and praise heaped on the now deceased 49-year-old SportsCenter anchor, a theme has emerged that his impact went well beyond the realm of sports entertainment and affected the hearts and minds of young African-Americans growing up watching television's largely homogenous white sports broadcast programming.
He made a lot of disenfranchised people feel included and accepted. He helped bring Americans of varied backgrounds together in their love of sports.
He also angered some of this country's proprietary racist pieces of shit, who actively reached out to him to denigrate his unique expression of individuality.
Colin Cowherd: "Stuart had to endure things that other strong personalities don't have to at this company. he came in with his own lexicon and his own style and it did not sit well with a lot of people.
there is a very famous stuart scott story where after a particularly ugly e-mail or letter, his co-anchor came over to console him and say "you okay, bud?" and stuart scott said "it's been worse than that." stuart played him several of the phone messages he kept through the years to inspire him. they were vile, repugnant, bigoted. stuart dealt with that for a long time. nobody else had to here. He not only dealt with an insidious disease, but he looked different and he sounded different and he was different and he was unique and he was a ground-breaker and a game-changer. those people face a different assault. he never sought pity. he never talked about it. he would never bring those things up.
His early days here, he was changing the way young african-american males watch sports. they had one of their guys in the room. i don't know if people really outside these walls understand what he had to deal with. outrageous stuff -- and he always handled it with absolute dignity."
Cut to the 7:00 mark in the video below to hear Cowherd recount one of the many struggles Stuart Scott fought valiantly throughout his career in sports media.
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