From Dan Gross, writing for the sister publication of Smith’s ostensible primary employer:
THE Inqwaster’s Stephen A. Smith was due to return to work at the newspaper Friday, but has extended his leave, we’re told….
Smith responded to an e-mail by referring us to his D.C.-based attorney, Johnine Barnes, who gave us a vague statement:
“At this time, Stephen A. Smith does not have any comment regarding any of his professional duties and responsibilities. Stephen is evaluating the journalistic freedom of a writer and will comment on his professional responsibilities at an appropriate time in the future.”
“Evaluating the journalistic freedom of a writer,” eh? Which writer, John Dos Passos?
Seriously, this sounds like a blogger waiting to happen. Or perhaps Page 2 could just buy out his contract.