Stephen A. speaks out on Inky firing

On Tuesday we reported here that the Inqwaster had fired Stephen A. Smith for job abandonment.

The ESPN personality had been mum since August when his column was stripped from him and he disappeared on an extended leave from the Inky. Not any longer. Here are the first of what we expect will be a lot of words from Smith about the firing, released by the office of his Florida based attorney Willie E. Gary.

Stephen A. Smith
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Quite frankly, he's pissed:

 “I put my life and all that I have into the Philadelphia Inquirer first as a reporter and then as a general columnist.  I was raised to work hard and play by the rules.  That is what I have done.  I’ve worked hard and earned every single promotion and accolade that I received while at the Inquirer.  No one did me any favors or gave me anything, nor did I expect them to.  What’s fair is fair and what’s right is right.  What they have done to me is malicious, intentional and vindictive.  They want to ruin my reputation and all of the hard work that I have done over the years.  I have never abandoned a job in my whole life.  I wasn’t raised that way.  The Inquirer forced me out and smeared my name and credibility.  My family always said that your name is all that you have, and they have tried to destroy it.”

E-mails seeking comment from Inqwaster editor Bill Marimow and Philadelphia Media Holdings Vice President of Labor Relations Michael Lorenca were not immediately returned.