Stephen A. Smith, Who Earns $12 Million/Year, Says He’s ‘Underpaid’

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Stephen A. Smith, Who Earns $12 Million/Year, Says He’s ‘Underpaid’


In 2005, Stephen A Smith joined ESPN and has climbed up the ladder ever since.

This not only led to Smith becoming the face of the network, but also to him becoming the highest-paid sportscaster ever.

In 2019, Smith signed a five-year contract that annually pays him $8 million in base salary and an additional $4 million in production bonuses, adding up to a total of $12 million salary.

During a recent episode of First Take however, Smith stated that he was “underpaid” compared to other people on television.


“Just like women are underpaid compared to male counterparts, Blacks are underpaid compared to white counterparts. So when you look at it from that perspective — and of course, I’m not talking about me. Even though I got news for you, I am underpaid compared to some people on television and what they get paid. But that’s a subject for another day. I’m not apologizing for that to a damn soul. I am underpaid.”



This statement has obviously led to some criticism from people on social media.



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