Allie Laforce Bio
Allie LaForce (Alexandra Leigh LaForce) is an American journalist, model, and beauty pageant titleholder. She currently is a reporter for Turner Sports, covering the NBA on TNT.
Allie LaForce Age
LaForce was born on December 11, 1988, in Vermilion, Ohio, United States.
Allie LaForce Height
She stands at a height of 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) high.
Allie LaForce Husband – Allie Laforce Joe Smith
LaForce is married to Joe Smith an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). Joe Smith previously played for the New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, and Toronto Blue Jays. Her husband attended Wright State University and was drafted by the Mets in the third round of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft.
Allie LaForce Net Worth
Her earnings from her journalism career have never been made public, thus leaving her net worth to mere speculations. However, it is a known fact that her husband Joe Smith rakes in an average salary of $3 million.
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In April 2014, it was announced that she would replace Tracy Wolfson as the sideline reporter for the SEC on CBS. She worked as a sideline reporter for NBA TV during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
In June 2018, it was reported that LaForce would be leaving CBS Sports after the two sides could not come to terms on a new deal.
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LeBron James defends TNT’s Allie LaForce over question about Gregg Popovich’s wife
The NBA on Wednesday mourned the death of Erin Popovich, wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. The two had been married for more than 40 years and had two children and two grandchildren. She was 67.
After the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 100-97 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series Wednesday night, TNT’s Allie LaForce spoke to LeBron James and asked the NBA superstar what has become a controversial question: What his immediate thoughts were on the passing of Erin Popovich.
The news of her death broke during the Cavs-Pacers game. As many sports media pundits noted, James responded to the question with thoughtfulness and grace. He called the news “devastating” and expressed support for Gregg Popovich and his family.
“The NBA family, we stick together,” James said. “I know we compete every night, but something like this happens, and it just puts everything in perspective.”
The reaction on social media to LaForce’s question was intense. Fans flooded LaForce’s Twitter account with angry and vicious messages, claiming she ambushed James with the question. Others in the sports media world were more kind, but clearly thought the question was misplaced.
“Allie La Force is a really good sideline reporter. Feels like someone (a producer) pushed her to drop that question about Pop’s wife on LeBron,” wrote Jordan Zirm, who covers the Cavaliers for ESPN Cleveland. “It feels gross because TNT wanted to make a neat little viral clip of it.”
“Do you really need to break the news to him on live TV? asked Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina in a tweet that has since been deleted.
Other sports media pundits, such as The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch, defended LaForce, calling it a “legit” question and pointing out she “asked it directly and with compassion.”
The criticism became so intense, TNT addressed the situation on air during halftime of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Game 2 matchup against the Houston Rockets, which immediately followed the Cavaliers-Pacers game. NBA on TNT host Ernie Johnson reported that LaForce had informed James of Popovich’s death before asking her question on camera, and asked if the player wanted to comment.
“He said he would comment, and his words were heartfelt,” Johnson said.
On his way home from the game late Wednesday, James addressed the controversy in a short video posted on Uninterrupted, his new digital media company. James confirmed that LaForce mentioned Popovich’s death before their on-camera interview, and asked the NBA superstar if it was OK to bring it up.
“Get off Allie LaForce’s back, because she followed the proper protocol and she warned me,” James said. “Get off her back, man. She’s very professional and does a great job.”
LaForce was not immediately available for comment.
James also addressed comments made by Fox Sports radio host Clay Travis and others that his remarks were staged.
“Once I started talking about it, once we were on air, actually my emotions just kind of took over,” James said. “That was just my emotions coming straight from my heart.”
Although much of the NBA wasn’t in action Wednesday night, James wasn’t the only superstar asked on camera about Popovich’s death. Earlier in the day, Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant learned the news from reporters during practice, and his immediate response was captured on video by Mercury News reporter Mark Medina.
Like LaForce, Medina was criticized for filming Durant’s immediate reaction to the news and sharing it on social media. “Give them some time and privacy,” one follower wrote. Another suggested Medina and other reporters should “give them some space to reflect and gather their thoughts after a bomb drop like that.”
“Obviously it is a tough situation, but it is totally fair to share Kevin Durant’s reaction to it,” Medina told the Inquirer and Daily News. “One, Durant said it was fine for us to keep the cameras rolling so he had no issue with it. Second, Durant obviously was reacting to a news story that affected everyone in the NBA community.”
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Allie LaForce Salary
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