Stuart Scott’s Courage
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[Stuart Scott’s Courage]
[Keith Olbermann:] Source: LYBIO.net
Hi, welcome to our little preview of ESPN2’s Sports Night, which premiers tomorrow, I’m Keith Olbermann this is my tag team partner Suzy Kolber, hi.
Hi, and a cast of thousands. As you can see, we don’t miss much here on ESPN2 and that includes the ultimate sports experience SportsSmash.
And one of the fine individuals will be how to helm of SportsSmash, let me introduce to you ladies and gentlemen for your dining and dancing pleasure Mr. Stuart Scotts. Stuart Scott. Hello…
[Stuart Scott:] Source: LYBIO.net
I’ll be joined by Deb Kaufman and Bill Pidto and we will bring you SportSmash twice an hour 25 and 55 after the hour.
That was the beginning, September 30th, 1993 the end, you know about. Stu Scotts personal encourage and the fight and the sadness you about, you know with these, you know. But there are other things you might not know, the things that get understandably overwhelmed by the grief.
Things which to me tell just as much about Stuart Scott as his battle, his perseverance, his rage against the dying of the light. In short, I cannot think of anybody I worked within sports who’s professional courage I have admired more. I circle back to the personal courage, it is not to be dismissed and in all that I will say in these next few minutes, I’m not for a moment suggesting any of this wouldn’t have happened had I not been there, I say it only because I was there. Stu was the one who figured it out.
When his passing was announced yesterday the first image of Stuart Scott that jumped into my mind was the exact opposite of the serene composed man who day after day for the better part of eight years stared down death. It was on a cold day winter ‘96, ‘97 harsh words and ugly threats flying around and Stu not only shaken by them, but mystified by them. It had started when he had almost alone in that era decided to be different by being different.
After three years of solid, but pretty traditional sportscasting he had begun to evolve, put himself into his broadcasts. And that day he had been called in by an executive long since departed from his position, a surly and superficial man, who had threatened to take Stu off Sports Center. To his face and within the hearing of others and later quoting himself saying it, this executive told Stu that on the air he was using language that most to the audience didn’t understand and it had to stop.
Stuart was aghast and he was not alone, my jaw dropped when he told me and it dropped again yesterday as I reviewed my ancient brittle notes about this. But his response was the single most impressive thing I’ve ever seen a television sportscaster do. Like all of us in those ancient days Stu contributed columns to the Embryonic version of espn.com, it was a tiny part of a computer service called prodigy and prepare yourself to laugh it was updated nearly once a week and that week’s Stu’s column was about his use of his catchphrases and it was full of respect and admiration for his employers willingness to let him use his because they were evocations of his cultural and racial heritage. If I remember it correctly he invoked the call and respond catechisms of the African and American Church, he traced the history and meaning of some of his specific expressions back as far as the slave plantations, faced with what the executive probably thought was just a programming issue, but what Stuart Scott knew was racial if not racist and which he also knew was a pivotal moment in this company’s history, Stu did not go to a reporter, he did not go to an activist, he did not go to war in short, he did not do any of the things I would have done.
He publicly congratulated ESPN’s willingness to accept aspects of culture, which to that point had not been part of its history. It was nothing less than perfect. What was the short sighted executive going to say, how dare he compliment us and congratulate us and thank us. What was in short sighted executive going to do, now that he’s explaining the cultural residents of his catchphrases, we’re going to taken off the air, it was the highest expression of professional courage and professional intelligence. Not that it ended there, now the column itself became a problem.
[Keith Olbermann:] Source: LYBIO.net
You’re saying our catch phrases are less meaningful than yours said one of our senior men long since departed from the network. This was the first time I saw that serene straight-line Stuart Scott smile, lips level little knowing curl at the corner. I spoke up then, for crying out loud our catchphrases are a less meaningful than his, ours are all inside jokes about ESPN managers, end of crisis. And beginning of the flourishing invigoration of the language of sports here and elsewhere by incorporating all parts of American culture, which is now a day after his death at the point where the phrase ‘cooler than the other side of the pillow’ is indelibly associated with the late Stuart Scott and just as indelibly associated with Vin Scully.
A few months later there was another mobile professional courage I can still see Stu and I talking in the mailroom and somehow that ‘how are you’ turned into a seminar about the future of the business and by coincidence three or four of the other newer guys drifted in and I told them that a big company was coming after ESPN and would soon start throwing money around, it was Fox, they never learn and that the price of sportscasters was a going up and that the one thing they should not do, the one thing was not to sign a new contract in the year ahead because the company would try to dazzle them by promising them total security and doubling their salaries because Fox would be talking about quadrupling their salaries.
Within six months everybody in that room had signed a new contract for way less than they would’ve been offered by Fox, including me. Everybody except Stu and Stu had a wife and a little girl and plans for another one and the new contract would have really helped, instead Stu and his professional courage and his personal courage all went out onto the limb without a contract and without a net, which was where they all were when Fox called him and offered him more than all the other guys in that room, including me had signed for the year before. And since he liked ESPN he said give me half, I’ll stay, and stay he did right up till yesterday.
[Keith Olbermann:] Source: LYBIO.net
As I said, his personal courage was astounding and all I wanted to do here was make sure somebody said that it also extended to professional courage, I saw the personal courage last spring myself when the Paley Center for broadcasting honored the company’s 35th anniversary, I had the privilege of co-hosting the part about ESPN2 with Stu. Bluntly, I had no idea how he was going to get up to three steps onto that stage, let alone stand there and get through a long script. Then he started talking and I knew he was just going to do it. And I’d like you look at our last photo together, me I’ve got complications from shingles, muscle, nerve damage in the legs nothing serious, Stu he’s got eight months to live, which one of us needed the cane, the courage and the strength ran deep in this man it always had and in memory it always will.
STUART SCOTT 1965-2015
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