NFL, NBA games hold moment of silence for ESPN anchor Stuart Scott
The Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Cavaliers held moments of silence before their respective games Sunday to honor the passing of ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, while industry leaders and the President of the United States offered thoughts and condolences to those affected by Scott's passing.
Moment of silence at #TheQArena in honor of Stewart Scott before the @Cavs vs #Mavericks game and after the moment everybody in the arena hollering "Boo Yah"... Way to cool #AllForCLE #playa #RIP #espn
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The Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions will hold a moment of silence for Scott as well before the kickoff of Sunday night's NFC playoff game.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama released a statement expressing condolences for Scott's passing. The statement read:
"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."
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver mourned the loss one of sports' most "beloved" figures.
We lost one of the NBA's most beloved commentators and reporters as well as a friend to so many of us at the NBA. -Adam (1/2) — NBA (@NBA) January 4, 2015
ESPN President John Skipper praised Scott's devotion to his family and his inspiring work ethic.
"ESPN and everyone in the sports world have lost a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure in Stuart Scott," ESPN President John Skipper said in a statement. "Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments?
Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set? His energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and to his work while fighting the battle of his life left us in awe, and he leaves a void that can never be replaced."
Scott was well remembered not only for his career behind the anchor desk, but for his memorable speech last year at the 2014 ESPY Awards, in which he declared, “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer,” Scott said. "You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”
- Will Green