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Sports Host Stephen A Smith Brother Basil, Parents & Sisters

By Sriyukta Pradhananga | September 23, 2022 04:54 PM

ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith talks prior to the game between the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on December 20, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith talks prior to the game between the Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on December 20, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.( Source : nypost )

Stephen A Smith's brother, Basil, passed away 30 years ago in a car accident. Today Basil would have been 62 years old, enjoying his brother's commentary on ESPN.

And though Basil might no longer be with his siblings, enjoying playing with his nieces and nephews, he is certainly in a better place with his parents. 

The sports commentator Stephen A Smith has had many controversial takes throughout the years, and today he has once again made headlines with his take on the latest Boston Celtic scandal.

The Boston Celtic have replaced Ime with his assistant coach Joe Mazzulla. He has now been suspended by the NBA after his intimate relationship with Celtic staff member Kathleen Nimmo Lynch came out in the news.

The commentator has sided with the head coach and said if their relationship was consensual, others shouldn't have a problem with it.

Stephen A Smith Quick Facts

Full NameStephen Anthony Smith
Age54
Date of BirthOctober 14, 1967
Mother's NameLinda Smith
Siblings5(Linda, Abigail, Allen, Basil)
Children2( Samantha and Nyla)

Stephen A Smith Brother - Basil Smith Passed Away 30 Years Ago

Stephen A Smith's brother Basil lost his life in 1992 in a car accident. Amongst the six Smith siblings, Basil was the youngest of them all.

Basil Smith was 33-year-old at the time of his demise. Stephen has previously talked about his brother's demise with the magazine GQ.

The sports reporter shared the heartbreaking story of his brother's passing, and it's unfortunate that amongst all the other 15 passengers, he was the only one to lose his life.

 ESPN Reporter, Stephen A. Smith talks on mic during Game Two of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors on June 5, 2022 at Chase Center in San Francisco.
ESPN Reporter, Stephen A. Smith talks on mic during Game Two of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors on June 5, 2022 at Chase Center in San Francisco. ( Source : gettyimages )

Basil, a traveling salesman, was returning from work in a passenger van filled with fifteen other people. Stephen and the others survived as they were awake and braced themselves for the impact.

Unlike the other passengers, his brother Basil was fast asleep. Basil got thrown off the vehicle and was immediately killed. 

: Stephen A. Smith of ESPN signs autographs during a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Golden State Warriors at Wells Fargo Center on December 11, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
: Stephen A. Smith of ESPN signs autographs during a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Golden State Warriors at Wells Fargo Center on December 11, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ( Source : gettyimages )

On Sunday morning, Stephen got the dreadful news about his brother's demise. Every Sunday morning, Stephen, Basil, and his oldest sister, Linda, would phone each other for their NFL picks.

And Stephen, who at the time was unknown about his brother's demise, cheerfully called his sister. But what he heard from Linda left the commentator pacing in his apartment room. 

After 45 minutes of his first telephone call with his sister Linda, she telephoned him about his brother Basil's demise. Stephen is his mother's only living son after what happened with Basil. 

Stephen A Smith Parents - Raised By Parents With Contrasting Personalities

Stephen A Smith was born to parents in 1967 in a household of five siblings. Stephen's mother, Janet Smith, who passed away in 2017, remains Stephens's biggest inspiration.

Linda Smith was a woman of West-Indian descent and once said to Smith that he came out of her womb talking. That might not be true, but it perfectly suits Stephen's personality.

Spotlight is all on Stephen A Smith poses for a photo for his GQ magazine shoot in 2019
Spotlight is all on Stephen A Smith poses for a photo for his GQ magazine shoot in 2019 ( Source : gq )

Linda Smith was truly one of a kind woman. She worked two-day jobs, clocked 16 hours of work every day, and took only one week of vacation in her 20 years of career.

To give her six kids a better life, Linda returned to school to earn a degree. Linda became an assistant head nurse at New York City's biggest hospital.

She loved her husband with all her heart, and though he may not have reciprocated the love in return, Linda's love for her family had no bounds.

NBA TV Analysts Stephen A. Smith and Michael Wilbon previews the game between the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks during Game Six of the 2021 NBA Finals on July 20, 2021 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
NBA TV Analysts Stephen A. Smith and Michael Wilbon previews the game between the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks during Game Six of the 2021 NBA Finals on July 20, 2021 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ( Source : gettyimages )

Stephen A Smith's father's identity remains unknown, but the commentator has spoken a lot about how contradictory his father's personality was compared to his mother.

Stephen's father passed away from Parkinson's a year after his wife's demise. The commentator doesn't have many fond memories of his father compared to his mom.

His father once spanked him good after the TV personality gave his fifth-grade teacher a dirty look. Stephen says that his relationship with his father was much better in his adulthood, especially before his demise.

Stephen A Smith Sisters - Raised By His Four Older Sisters

Stephen A Smith was raised with four older sisters in Queens, New York. All his four sisters- Linda, Allen, Abigail, and Common have kept a low profile throughout the years.

The famous television personality took the names of his sisters when he gave a tribute to his mother in 2017 on Mother's Day.

Stephen A Smith took the names of his sisters during one a tribute video to his mother on the occasion of Mother's Day on May 12, 2017
Stephen A Smith took the names of his sisters during one a tribute video to his mother on the occasion of Mother's Day on May 12, 2017 ( Source : youtube )

As one of his family's youngest members, Stephen had its perks. The commentator's mother, Linda, would make him extra beef patties which would anger his sisters. They certainly weren't impressed by the special treatment their brother received at the hands of their mother.

Though they might have fought for the beef patties of their mother, the siblings never had to fight for her love, as Linda Smith loved all her children equally. And though they were envious of their brother's treatment, the sisters never loved him less than their mother.

ESPN Reporter, Stephen A. Smith talks on his phone during Game Two of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors on June 5, 2022 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California.
ESPN Reporter, Stephen A. Smith talks on his phone during Game Two of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors on June 5, 2022 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. ( Source : gettyimages )

The day after his mother's demise in 2017, his sisters encouraged him to go back to film his show First Take. They didn't want Stephen to feel down for a long time and told him to go "finish his job."

Until their parents were alive, the Smith siblings would all meet up in their childhood home and have long conversations about their lives. 

Stephen A Smith Daughters - Samantha and Nyla Leave Their Father Powerless

Stephen A Smith has two daughters-Samantha and Nyla. He has preferred to keep his daughters out of the public limelight.

During his 2019 GQ interview, the commentator said his daughters were aged 10 and 11.

He further revealed that his daughters aren't allowed to watch his show First Take without asking him first. And when asked why? Smith said he might go off during one of the shows.

Stephen A. Smith seen before Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals on May 17, 2022 at The FTX Arena in Miami, Florida.
Stephen A. Smith seen before Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals on May 17, 2022 at The FTX Arena in Miami, Florida. ( Source : gettyimages )

A lifelong New York Knick fan Stephen A Smith says he has not forced his daughters to root for the same team. He calls it a healthy rule.

After his mother's demise, Stephens says his daughters have given him a new lease on life.

Samantha and Nyla are the only two people that Stephen does not argue with. The sports personality shared with Men's Health Magazine that his daughters were determined to keep him awake.

Stephen A Smith as seen on one the episodes of the American Sitcom in 2018
Stephen A Smith as seen on one the episodes of the American Sitcom in 2018 ( Source : gettyimages )

The two preteen daughters of Stephen A Smith would insist on laying on the bed next to him, and when he would refuse, the oldest Samantha would go on and on about how his room was much better than theirs.

Stephen says he feels proud that he has been able to raise such happy and healthy daughters, but right after he remembers how they do not let him control them, his ego shrinks to the ground. 

Stephen A Smith Net Worth 2022 - ESPN Reporter Makes 7 Figure Salary

According to Celebrity Net Worth, famous Stephen A Smith has a net worth of $16 million. The sports commentator enjoys a salary of $8 million from his duties as a sports commentator from ESPN.

Stephen's high salary became one of the reasons for NBC sports presenter Maria Taylor to quit her job as she wanted to be paid the same.

Stephen began his career as a writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer and wrote exclusively about the Philadelphia 76ers. His journey with ESPN began in 2003; though he was previously handed over two shows of his own, it was in 2012 that he found success with the show First Take.

Stephen A. Smith during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on Friday, April 8, 2022
Stephen A. Smith during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on Friday, April 8, 2022 ( Source : gettyimages )

Until 2019 Stephen earned $5 million with ESPN, and later in 2021, he signed the lucrative deal, which saw his salary increase by a whopping $3 million.

Stephen has closely worked with VFoudnaton, a cancer research foundation founded by his fellow mate at ESPN, Jim Valvano. The foundation has only one purpose: to achieve victory over cancer. 

In 2016, Stephen A Smith donated $250,000 to his alma mater, Winston-Salem State. The money would be donated over the next five years and split between the athletic and mass communication departments.

Stephen A Smith Memes

Stephen A Smith's memes are as popular as the commentator himself. If you have been on the internet for the past five years, you would have certainly seen at least one Stephen A Smith meme.

The man has so many memes made of him that Twitter and Instagram accounts are solely dedicated to it.

One of his most popular memes is him saying, "I am here to tell you right now, we don't care."

The meme went viral in 2019, and the Twitter user ran riots with it whenever they had to talk back to someone.

Another meme of Stephen A Smith that went viral was of a baby face filter used over him
Another meme of Stephen A Smith that went viral was of a baby face filter used over him ( Source : youtube )

His other popular meme was the baby-faced Stephen A Smith. The fans placed a baby filter on the sports commentator, which was pure comedy gold.

The other memes of the commentator include him looking stressed as he stares out of the window and the other of him giving a poker-faced look during his commentary duties.

Stephen A Smith Twitter Over Ime Udoka

Many people had various takes on Ime Udoka's scandal, and it was right for the most popular sports commentator to have one as well.

Stephen sided with the Celtic head coach Ime and said that his suspension is ridiculous.

Stephen A Smith tweets out on support of the suspended Celtic Head Coach Ime Udoka
Stephen A Smith tweets out on support of the suspended Celtic Head Coach Ime Udoka ( Source : twitter )

After his ESPN video about the topic went viral, Stephen tweeted, "The suspension of Celtic coach Ime Udoka is utter crap. If you thought I said enough this morning on First Take, you haven't seen a damn thing yet."

On ESPN, before Udoka's suspension was announced, Stephen said that he was praying for the Celtic head coach to survive from suspension.

Stephen A Smith reacts to Ime Udoka facing discipline for relationship with staff member
Stephen A Smith reacts to Ime Udoka facing discipline for relationship with staff member ( Source : youtube )

Stephen said, "He is a sensational basketball coach, and in his first year as head coach for Boston Celtic, he got them into NBA finals.

But he did criticize Udoka as well and said this is the stupidest position the Celtic coach put himself at. 

Where Is Stephen A Smith Originally From?

Stephen A Smith is originally from Bronx, New York, and was raised in the Hollis section of Queens. Within his first two years with ESPN, Stephen A Smith became one of its most renowned African-American commentators.

Before he was born, Stephen A Smith's parents lived in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The commentator's mother was a West Indian, and he was a mama's boy growing up.

Stephen started his journey in 1993 when he wrote a sports column for the Daily News. He was known as the loudest and most argumentative commentator in his first job.

Stephen certainly carried that personality throughout his career; though many might feel irritated at times by the commentator, he simply doesn't care.

Some FAQs

Does Stephen A Smith have a brother?

Stephen had a brother named Basil Smith who passed away in 1992.

Who are Stephen A Smith parents?

Stephen A Smith was born to mother Linda Smith and his father in Bronx, New York.

How many sisters does Stephen A Smith have?

Stephen A Smith has four sisters.

Who are Stephen A Smith's daughters?

Stephen A Smith has two daughters- Samantha and Nyla

What did Stephen A Smith say about Boston Celtic head coach Ime Udoka?

Stephen A Smith sided with the Celtic head coach and said he shouldn't be suspended.



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