Today we lost Stuart Scott to cancer. The 21 year SportsCenter veteran was an unstoppable force in the sports media world, singlehandedly setting the tone for what SportsCenter would become, and becoming a legend in his own right during his decade-spanning career. Scott was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and fought the disease with all his might.
But his legacy is remembered today by people from all corners of the country, including world-class athletes like Jeremy Lin, LeBron James, Richard Sherman and even rappers like Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, and prominent members of Hollywood like Keifer Sutherland.
LeBron James shared a photo of the two and honored Scott for his role as an African American commentator:
"What u [sic] did for our culture, bringing that Swag to reporting can only be copied (which I hear it today on tv watching sports)," James wrote in the heartfelt caption.
Shaquille O'Neal shared a picture of himself with Stuart and thanked the newscaster for his work:
Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks shared his condolences on Twitter:
And Sherman's fellow Seahawk Russell Wilson asserted that SportsCenter will never be the same:
Sherman's former teammate, Golden Tate, who now plays for the Detroit Lions also got emotional about the loss:
"Losing such a great man hurts our hearts terribly , BUT heaven has gained an incredible angel!" Tate wrote.
Actor Michael B. Jordan shared a fitting tribute—a picture of Scott and his beloved daughters:
"I send out all my love to his little girls & his family during their time of need," Jordan wrote. "But also want to celebrate his life & all that he accomplish with all the people he inspired to FIGHT! I was lucky enough to call this man my friend."
Kiefer Sutherland also shared his respect for the SportsCenter broadcaster, calling him an inspiration:
Lil Wayne explained that Stuart was the reason he started watching ESPN:
Jeremy Lin of the Los Angeles Lakers remembered Scott and his generous spirit:
While Dwyane Wade recalled a hilarious memory involving Scott, an RV and a tie:
Even Nicki Minaj took a moment to honor the sportscaster's legacy:
Chuck D referenced one of Scott's signature lines—"cooler than the other side of the pillow" in his tribute:
His legacy lives on through those who he impacted. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family during this time.