From Dan Gross' column today in the Philly Daily News
Quite frankly, Stephen A.'s fired
FIVE MONTHS after stripping him of his column, the Inqwaster on Friday fired Stephen A. Smith, citing job abandonment, we're told. Inqwaster editor Bill Marimow offered us no comment. In August, Marimow axed Smith's column and asked him to stay with the paper as a sports reporter. Instead, Smith, an ESPN NBA analyst, took an unpaid leave for several weeks, and was at one point scheduled to return but has repeatedly failed to do so, we're told.
This is good news for fans of Stephen A.'s blog. This means he will have plenty of time for at least 1-2 more blogs a year.