ESPN reporter Shelley Smith was undergoing tests at an Oakland-area hospital Sunday evening after suffering what she described as strokelike symptoms in the Golden State Warriors’ locker room after Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Smith texted “I’m good” to the Associated Press and said she was being evaluated for a possible stroke. She had not yet responded Monday morning to notes from The Post, but ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne shared a photo of Smith from the hospital Sunday evening and wrote, “Great news on our girl.”
In a statement to The Post on Monday morning, an ESPN spokesman wrote that Smith had “felt ill” at Oracle Arena and “is now alert and responsive. Shelley has consistently proven that she is truly a warrior and her continued strength has been a source of inspiration to so many. We send her the very best wishes for a speedy recovery. We will share more information as it becomes available.”
The scary situation developed after the Warriors’ victory and Smith was immediately moved to the training room and attended by a Golden State team doctor. By Sunday night, she was tweeting, “I’m good!!! Waiting for test results! Thank you everyone!!”
Dan Martinez, the Warriors’ senior director of public relations, tweeted later Sunday night: “Saw some real-life frickin heroes in action today … and it had nothing to w/game. Thankful to work around such talented & caring people.”
Smith has endured health problems over the last few years, overcoming a breast cancer diagnosis in 2014 and melanoma. “She’s a warrior,” Smith’s daughter, Dylann Tharp, told the Orange County Register for a Mother’s Day story. Smith has been cancer-free since and there’s a sense that whatever happened Sunday is just another pebble in the road. The Register story chronicles how Tharp’s “job as an NFL Network features producer in Culver City was eliminated in a company reorganization, how both joined emotional forces again after the passing of Smith’s sister last December, and then all the other stress from surviving the recent round of ESPN layoffs.”
“This is what happens,” Smith told the Register, “and you just roll with it. It’s a matter of how you turn something that’s crummy into something positive.”