SBD/July 17, 2014/People and Pop Culture
Stuart Scott Lauded For Emotional Acceptance Speech At ESPY Awards
Published July 17, 2014
PRAISE FROM COLLEAGUES: Scott was praised on the post-ESPY edition of "SportsCenter" last night, with anchor John Buccigross saying Scott won the award for "showing a positive attitude, persistence and determination in the face of his great obstacle." Buccigross: "I did my very first 'SportsCenter' with Stuart, Grammy night 1997. He's always been kind to me since the first day I met him." Fellow anchor Steve Levy said Scott is "kind and skilled with an unmatched work ethic with what he has dealt with on a personal level." Levy: "He still comes to work, pushes himself to be the best, behind this very desk all while sparkling in front of that very camera." After showing footage of Scott's acceptance speech, Buccigross said, "He's curious, he's energetic, he's Midwest, warm. It's almost like he doesn't have cancer when you work with him at night. Every show is a big show when he steps in this studio and sits in this chair" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 7/16). ESPN’s Kenny Mayne said, “What a great example he's been to other cancer fighters out there. Stuart talks about it on Twitter all the time, talks about it on the air. Coming back to work makes him whole and healthy. ... Sports is such a thing where you have to go to the bottom and pick yourself up and come back and rise up again. Stuart’s out there covering sports, exemplifying that nature” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 7/16).