ESPN host Stephen A. Smith said Friday that he was “underpaid” despite being the highest-paid on-air talent on his network.
Smith posted his lamentations Friday ahead of Game 1 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies when discussion centered on the absence of American-born black players for the series; the first time since 1950.
“We are still black in this country. We don’t always trust this country in terms of meritocracy. We know the bottom line is that just as women are underpaid compared to their male counterparts, black people are underpaid compared to their white counterparts,” Smith said.
“And so when you look at it from that perspective, and of course people look at me, I’m not talking about myself though, I have news for you, I’m underpaid compared to some people at TV what they get paid, but that’s a topic for another day. I won’t apologize for that to a fucking soul. I’m underpaid. That said, it’s not not about me,” he continued.
According to New York PostSmith earns an annual salary of $8 million per year at ESPN plus a “production $4 million per year” contract for a total of $12 million, making him the top on-air talent paid and one of the top 10 paid broadcasters in sports.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith says he’s underpaid because he’s black
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Stephen A. Smith has leaned heavily on woke identity politics recently, such as when he recently said commentators would judge Tom Brady’s famous side rant differently if he was a white person or when he said that white analysts should not comment on black players allegedly using helmets as weapons.