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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
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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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A Defiant New York Flocks To The Streets For Marathon

Five days after an attacker killed eight people and injured 12 others in lower Manhattan, the annual New York City Marathon ran without a hitch Sunday, as New Yorkers expressed determination to go about their lives — though under a heavy blanket of security.

November 6, 2017
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Most Americans Know NFL Kneelers Aren’t Protesting Flag

A new poll released on Saturday by HuffPost/YouGov found 57 percent of Americans knew that players were protesting police violence when they kneeled during the national anthem–up from 48 percent of Americans who knew what kneelers were protesting in September.

October 15, 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
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Mike Pence Leaves NFL Game After Players Kneel

Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a Colts game after NFL players chose to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality against African Americans. The Republican had posted a picture of himself ahead of Sunday’s game, stating he was there to honor the career of former quarterback Peyton Manning, who’s No. 18 jersey is being retired by the Indianapolis Colts.

October 9, 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
California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks at the Center for American Progress' 2014 Making Progress Policy Conference in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S. November 19, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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
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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

Trump’s Latest Target Is The Sports World, And It’s Fighting Back

Trump said the owners should say: “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!” Then on Saturday morning, Trump disinvited the Golden State Warriors from the traditional meet-and-greet of championship teams at the White House after star player Stephen Curry said he didn’t want to go. “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” Trump tweeted. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”

September 24, 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
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No Joy In Mudville — And Washington

At the end of the day, we heard The Washington Post’s earthshaking scoop: Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice. But there was no joy in Mudville, or Washington, even for those who saw big trouble coming. Universally, we were grief-stricken and gobsmacked at the turn of events for Congress and the rocky Trump White House — not even five-months-old.

June 19, 2017

The Wussification Of Baseball Is A Good Thing

Losing pitcher Jon Lester was disgusted by the umpire’s ruling. “Baseball has been played for over 100 years the exact same way, and now we’re trying to change everything and make it soft,” he groused. “We’re out there playing with a bunch of pansies right now.”

May 19, 2017
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) reacts during the second half of a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

How to Make Billboards Uglier

It’s “a bit creepy,” says Andy Stevens. And he works for Clear Channel!

March 10, 2016

‘Concussion’ Film Stirs NFL Brain Injury Debate

The film Concussion, tracing a forensic pathologist’s quest to expose the truth about brain injuries in the NFL, casts a spotlight on an issue that has roiled America’s most popular sports league.

December 20, 2015

Cartoon: Are Russian Athletes Doping? Like The Women’s Swim Team?

“You think they’re sneaking dope in our food?”

November 13, 2015

Endorse This: Obama Salutes The ‘Badass’ Women’s Soccer Team

“This team taught all America’s children that ‘playing like a girl’ means you’re a badass,” Obama declared.

October 27, 2015

Football And Gaming, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Football and gambling — two great American addictions working together. What could possibly go wrong?

October 20, 2015

Late Night Roundup: The Lincoln-Douglas-Wilmore Debates

Larry Wilmore went back in time to cover some other debates. And there’s one thing we can be sure of: Black voters will never leave the Republican Party!

October 16, 2015

Endorse This: Jimmy Carter’s Still Got It

Former president Jimmy Carter got a very warm welcome on his night out with his lifelong First Lady, when he and Rosalynn took in a baseball game Thursday.

September 18, 2015