Stuart Scott of ESPN
Stuart Scott of ESPN

Stuart Scott was a phenomenal anchor at ESPN. One of Scott’s greatest traits as an anchor, to me, was the integrity he showed by embracing the man he wanted to be while working in the mainstream. Despite the many early critics who dismissed his cool, black vernacular style and those who remained disgruntled even when the majority began embracing him, Scott claimed himself while eschewing the need to please others. I’m going to miss Stuart Scott on the network as well as his overall presence in the world of sports.

I wish that his two beautiful daughters find comfort and peace in the coming days…for now though, I hope they acknowledge their sadness, their anguish, and their pain. One day, they may be able to incorporate their memories of their father into their active lives, but for the moment, I hope they reject the pressure to be “brave,” “courageous,” or “composed.” Sadness is a viable option “when sorrows come,” despite our country’s insistence on perpetual happiness.

Rest in Peace Stuart Scott, you certainly will be missed.

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