After ESPN had announced that longtime anchor Stuart Scott had passed away after a years long battle with cancer, President Obama expressed his sympathies and mourned the loss of the Sportscenter anchor.
In a statement, President Obama said, “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. 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.”
Scott had a distinguished career in sports journalism. He interviewed President Obama and Bill Clinton, but his best moment came months ago when he accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
Scott said, “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”
Stuart Scott was a companion and guide to millions of sports fans over his decades long career. He was also a family man who trained in mixed martial arts while fighting cancer. Scott didn’t lose to cancer, but his friends and family have lost a loving man, and sports fans lost a unique voice that will never be replaced.