ESPN and the whole of American sports lost one of the most beloved and entertaining hosts on Sunday when it was announced that Stuart Scott had passed away after a long battle with cancer.
Scott died at the age of 49, but in those years he became a pioneering anchor and his effect on the world was summed up best by the fact that even US President Barack Obama commented on his death. "I will miss Stuart Scott," Obama said in a statement.
But perhaps the comments that carry more weight at this moment come from the outpouring of grief from the NBA's fans, players and former players.
Jordan left devastated
Michael Jordan is arguably the best player to have ever played basketball, and following Scott's death, Jordan made an emotional statement in which he labelled the former anchor a trailblazer and a true friend.
“I’m so sad to hear the news that Stuart has passed away. He was truly a trailblazer in his field and, by refusing to change his style, made himself into a star. I always enjoyed sitting down to talk to him," Jordan said, Washington Post reported.
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"But to me he wasn’t just a broadcaster, he was an old friend who I’d known since college. He fought so hard against cancer and I hoped he’d win the battle. I sent my sincerest condolences to his daughters, Taelor and Sydni, and his family and friends. Booyah, my brother.”
LeBron and Kobe share thoughts
Michael Jordan is not the only legend to have made some sweet and emotional comments regarding the passing of Scott, with current superstars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant sharing their thoughts on Sunday via Twitter.
It's safe to say that Stuart Scott has made a lasting impact on the world despite having his life cruelly cut short. We wish his family and friends all the best as they try to deal with this tragedy.