Michael Smith (sports reporter)

Michael Smith (sports reporter)
Michael Smith

The side of Smith's head in 2010.
Born September 1, 1979 (1979-09-01) (age 32)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Education Loyola University
Occupation Television Sports Commentator (ESPN) commentator, sportswriter, sports reporter
Ethnicity American
Religious belief(s) Christianity
Notable credit(s) ESPN First Take
NFL Live
1st and 10"
Around The Horn
Michael Smith on ESPN Official website

Michael Smith (born August 1, 1979) is an NFL reporter for ESPN and a senior writer for ESPN.com.[1]


Smith was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana where he attended McDonogh No. 35 Senior High School after graduation he attended Loyola University of New Orleans.[1]

Smith covered the New England Patriots at the Boston Globe for three years. He joined ESPN full-time in September 2004 as an NFL reporter. He has been a guest, as well as a guest host along with Erik Kuselias on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning and has appeared as a panelist on the ESPN's Around the Horn.[1][2]

Smith has been a writer for ESPN the Magazine, where he specialized in NFL coverage, as well as a reporter for the ESPN television newsmagazine E:60.[1][3] Smith narrates ESPN's 30 for 30 series.[citation needed]

Smith along with Charissa Thompson co-host the show Numbers Never Lie, which debuted September 12, 2011.


In July 2011, calls for Smith's suspension were spread following his comments on Twitter regarding the crash and serious injury of two riders on Stage 9 of the 2011 Tour de France:

For real, am I wrong for laughing at that Tour de France crash? Can't get over the driver speeding off as if he didn't know he hit someone!

And later, when the controversy began:

It had far been too long since I'd angered an entire community. Today I've managed offend cyclists everywhere. Guess what? It's still funny.[4]

On July 12 at 8:00 (pacific) Michael Smith posted the following on his Twitter page: "I apologize for my insensitive remarks re: the TdF crash. I recognize my comments were inappropriate given the serious nature of the crash."[5]


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