Sunday, January 4, 2015
Kobe Bryant, LeBron James,Tiger Woods, Rich Eisen Honor ESPN’s Stuart Scott
Stuart Scott, the ESPN anchor known for his quick-witted catch phrases “Boo-Yah!” and “as cool as the other side of the pillow,” is being remembered by giants of the sports and media worlds.
Scott died Sunday at age 49 after a long battle with cancer, the network said in a statement.
As news of his death spread, Scott’s fellow broadcasters and the athletes that he spent years covering, paid tribute to the “SportsCenter” co-host on social media.
“Can’t believe you’re gone from us!” NBA All-Star LeBron James wrote on his Instagram page. “Thank you so much for being u and giving us inner city kids someone we could relate to that wasn’t a player but was close enough to them.”
“I will miss Stuart Scott. Twenty years ago, Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays,” President Barack Obama said in a statement tweeted by The White House. “For much of those twenty years, public service and campaigns have kept me from my family – but wherever I went, I could flip on the TV and Stu and his colleagues on SportsCenter were there. Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us – with courage and love. Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues.”
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, NFL Network host Rich Eisen and golf icon Tiger Woods also paid tribute to Scott.