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Kaepernick

Kaepernick Lawyers To Subpoena Trump, Pence

According to Yahoo, Kaepernick’s lawyers hope to force the Trump administration to divulge its involvement in the league’s response to players kneeling during the national anthem.

June 8, 2018
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From Roseanne To The Eagles, What About Whataboutism?

Whataboutism is a “logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent’s position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument.” Thank you, Wikipedia.

June 7, 2018
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White House Packs ‘Celebration’ With Fake Fans

After promising a thousand Philadelphia Eagles fans at a White House event, Trump was reduced to using his own staffers to fill in the crowd.

June 6, 2018

Trump Struggles With ‘God Bless America’ Lyrics At White House Celebration

There was that time that First Lady Melania Trump had to nudge him as a reminder to put his hand over his heart at the national anthem.

June 6, 2018
Kaepernick

NFL Owners Admit They Dumped Kaepernick Because Of Trump

Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, told the podcast host Amy Dash that the revelations emerged during depositions for Kaepernick’s lawsuit against the league owners.

May 31, 2018
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NY Jets Owner Defies NFL On National Anthem Fines

After the NFL caved to Trump, one owner stood up for his players.

May 24, 2018
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Sports Betting Will Complete The Gambling Revolution

Over the past generation, the United States has undergone a gambling revolution. A pastime once seen as the sordid province of mobsters, grifters and wastrels has become an all-American form of fun.

May 18, 2018
baseball

Why Baseball Still Matters To America

There’s no finer refuge from this age’s obsessions than a well-played baseball game: three blessed hours in which one can be confident that he-who-need-not-be-mentioned, won’t be. 

May 16, 2018
Kaepernick

Tapes Reveal NFL Owners’ Mixed Emotions About Trump And Race

Trump was most likely referring to Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started kneeling during the pregame national anthem. He did this to draw attention to racial oppression and inequality in the U.S., and he was soon joined by dozens of other players — most, but not all, of them black.

April 26, 2018
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Fox News Executive VP Rails Against Diversity Of US Olympians: “Darker, Gayer, Different”

Moody decried the strides Team USA has made toward diversity of its athletes in a February 7 op-ed published on FoxNews.com. Though this is Team USA’s most diverse delegation of athletes ever, as The Washington Post reported, the U.S. Olympic Committee still has a lot of progress to make…

February 10, 2018
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Donald Trump Is Shamelessly Exploiting An NFL Player’s Death To Push His Racist Immigration Policy

In tweets shared on Tuesday morning, Donald Trump used NFL player Edwin Jackson’s death to exacerbate anti-immigrant sentiment across the nation. The president tweeted that it was “so disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson.

February 7, 2018
Patriots Stun Falcons in superbowl

Legalize Sports Betting

If a Martian arrived today, of course, she would deduce that in this country, betting on sports is not forbidden but mandatory. In practice, it’s as American as Dunkin’ Donuts. March Madness costs businesses an estimated $4 billion a year in lost productivity, and it’s not because employees waste time singing their fight songs.

January 1, 2018

Trump Golf Course A Huge Failure As Business Drops 500 Percent Below National Average

Donald Trump put a golf course in the heart of New York City, slapped his name on it, and thought it would be a guaranteed money maker. Instead, just two years after the opening of Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx, people are staying away in droves.

December 31, 2017
NFL

I Hate Sports, But Love Watching Trump Be Enraged By Black Millionaires Who Tell Him Where To Get Off

I do not like sports. There are lots of other things I hate more—cancer, genocide, lite jazz—but ultimately, they’re all separated by a matter of degrees. I don’t care who won last night’s game, who’s in anyone’s brackets or how great the Whatchamacallits are “looking this year.”

November 26, 2017
Coach Stan Van Gundy

In Powerful Essay, Pistons Coach Van Gundy Backs Kneeling Athletes

While scores of players have registered their disgust with Donald Trump, professional coaches across three of the four major sports leagues have remained largely silent. The NBA has proven a welcome exception.

November 16, 2017
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Harvard And Yale Should Stop Playing Football

Harvard and Yale are among the premier educational institutions in the world. They have spent centuries at the task of strengthening and elevating young minds. But on Saturday, Nov. 18, they will join together in a ritual guaranteed to damage young brains: the Harvard-Yale football game.

November 13, 2017
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Professional Sports Teams Are Avoiding Trump Hotels In Droves

Shortly after Donald Trump disinvited the Golden State Warriors to the White House last month, LeBron James called the president a “bum,” adding that these trips were “a great honor until you showed up!”

October 13, 2017

The Breakthrough: How A Reporter Uncovered Widespread Russian Meddling — In The Olympics

In the spring of 2016, a Russian government chemist named Grigory Rodchenkov sat across from Rebecca Ruiz of The New York Times and gave her the kind of scoop journalists dream of. He told Ruiz and her colleague Michael Schwirtz how he helped orchestrate the covert distribution of steroids to dozens of the country’s top athletes.

October 8, 2017
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Kamala Harris Backs Kneeling NFL Protesters In Speech To Atlanta Church

During remarks at Atlanta’s First Congregational Church, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) spoke out against President Donald Trump’s bullying of NFL protesters who kneel during the national anthem and described their action as a call to justice.

October 3, 2017

Why Do Whites Oppose The NFL Protests?

Only 15 percent of whites surveyed thought those peaceful protests would advance the cause of integration and equality. Martin Luther King Jr. and his nonviolent methods are honored even by conservatives today, but in 1967, half of whites said he was harming blacks, with only 36 percent disagreeing.

September 28, 2017

Another Famous Activist Also Took A Knee, 50 Years Before Kaepernick— And He Too Was Called ‘Disruptive’ And An ‘Agitator’

Critics of Colin Kaepernick have called him many despicable names, and he’s withstood their vicious attacks for over a year now. He’s hardly the first black athlete with a national platform to take a strong public stance on race. Muhammad Ali famously did the same, among many others. But Kaepernick’s commitment to kneeling during the national anthem takes a note…

September 27, 2017
Kaepernick

America Takes A Knee, As Pro Sports Pushes Back Hard Against Trump Slander

After Donald Trump insulted black athletes from both the NBA and NFL this week, big names in pro sports are pushing back hard against the president’s insults. This story began long before President Trump took office, but as is his fashion, Trump has put himself squarely at the center of the controversy.

September 25, 2017
Andrew Hawkins of the Cleveland Browns makes a catch on November 30, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York

All Rise, Or Not, For The United States Of Football

This column isn’t about baseball. It’s about Cleveland Browns football players, the national anthem and a police union president who has a habit of making us sound like a town of time travelers who just arrived with a thud from somewhere in the 1950s.

September 16, 2017
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Tennis Greats Ashe and King Showed We Are Created Equal

Arthur Ashe, the late champion of infinite class and grace, was my favorite male player. I knew his life story, or thought I did. Ashe broke the color barrier in American men’s tennis and Davis Cup competition, overcoming a youth spent in segregated Richmond, Virginia, where Confederate statues lined Monument Avenue.

September 8, 2017

I Don’t Think I Can Watch Football Anymore

But it turns out we’ve been doing that for years, watching the most popular sport in America. Many of football’s hazards are obvious: shredded knees, dislocated shoulders, broken ribs, even spinal cord injuries. But the worst one has been invisible. Football carries the high risk of irreversible, life-impairing brain damage.

September 2, 2017