In the wake of ESPN’s mass firings, news of which continued into Thursday, some joked that it might be easier to list network employees who weren’t fired. Others took the next step by pointing out certain ESPN figures who they would have preferred to see laid off. Given that Stephen A. Smith is arguably ESPN’s best-known personality and, less arguably, its most polarizing, it was inevitable that his would be a prominent name pointed out by those arguing that, if the network had to let some people go, he should have been among them. On his ESPN radio show Thursday, Smith took issue with one source of criticism in particular: Jeff Pearlman, an author and former writer for Sports Illustrated and ESPN.
It isn't easy being LeBron James. Oh, what am I saying? I'm sure it's hugely entertaining. When it comes to money, however, James had to learn from a very young age. There he was, straight out of high school, suddenly being offered millions overnight. Now, though, he understands business. And one thing he wants out of it is to be part of projects that he can call his own. In an illuminating interview with his business partner Maverick Carter -- as part of the "Kneading Dough" series via James' and Carter's Uninterrupted digital media company -- James explained why he'd walked away from a lucrative endorsement deal from McDonald's. He realized, after a few years of earning perhaps $4 million a
The Oakland Raiders clearly believe in Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley’s innocence. Conley fell a bit in the draft, but still stayed in the first round despite a rape investigation that is still open. The Raiders took Conley 24th overall.