Rest in Peace to Stuart Orlando Scott, besides being a sportscaster and anchor on ESPN the NBA, and the NFL,he was a leader pioneer,role model and a fighter. Stuart Scott was born in Chicago on July 19,1965.Scott’s family moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he attended Mount Tabor High School for 9th and 10th grade and then completed his last two years at Richard J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem. He always had a love for football and was a captain of his high school football team.He attended the University of North Carolina and became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication.
He began his career with various local television stations before joining ESPN in 1993. Although there were already accomplished African-American sportscasters, he was the first to blend hip hop culture lingo,and lifestyle with sportscasting which opened up a whole new world in hip-hop culture and sports in a way that had never been seen before on television. He spoke our language that appealed to a young African-American demographic. He was genuine and passionate with his delivery and made it feel like you were talking over the highlights from last night’s game with your homeboy. Scott appeared in music videos with rappers LL Cool J,Luke,and Lil Wayne. I personally agree with Stuart Scotts philosophy that “Writing is better if it’s kept simple, Every sentence doesn’t need to have perfect noun/verb agreement”
In 2007 Scott learned he had cancer,after going into remission he was again diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and 2013. Scott was honored at the ESPY Awards in 2014 with the Jimmy V Award for his fight against cancer. On January 4, 2015 we lost the “BOO- YAH” man at the age of 49. As a result of his unique and raw style, Scott and ESPN received a lot of hate mail from people who did not like the fact that he was a black man representing the hip-hop culture and his generation in the world of sports that is controlled by white men. Sports writer Jason Whitlock would hate on and criticize Scott for a couple things like his use of Jay-Z’s alternate nickname, “Jigga”, at halftime of Monday Night Football saying it was ridiculous,inappropriate, and offensive. In a world of sports that is highly populated with Black males how could the art form of hip hop created by us ever be out of place or inappropriate? Stuart Scott never changed his style and ESPN stuck with him through everything. Stuart Scott was a game changer that always stayed true to who he was. There have been a few others that tried to imitate,but none can duplicate the late great Stuart Scott.
By: Drew SoulQuest