Via Dave Zirin @The Nation: To paraphrase bell hooks, the events of this summer show with bracing clarity that there are huge swaths of this country that love black culture and hate black people. It is difficult to not see this reality in the events of the last week: [...]
Via Jessica Luther @Power Forward: Bob Stoops is the head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners football team.
Stoops’ team has worked very hard this off season to transfer Dorial Green-Beckham, a former wide receiver from Missouri, to their school to play this season (they found out on Friday that there [...]
Via Ultraviolet Petition: One of the football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio is back on the town’s high school football team. Will you add your name demanding the school board doesn’t look the other way when an athlete is convicted of sexual assault?
Tell the Steubenville School [...]
Via Becky Hammon Was Born To Coach, Kate Fagan, ESPNW
Veteran WNBA player Becky Hammon is joining the reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs‘ coaching staff.
The Spurs made the announcement Tuesday. Terms of the contract were not revealed.
Hammon, who is currently in her 16th WNBA season, announced [...]
No American sports writer has covered the indiscriminate massacre of civilians and children in Gaza as The Nation’s Dave Zirin. Here is his latest and links to related articles:
All it took was a recording of Donald Sterling insulting Magic Johnson in a derogatory manner for the twenty-four-hour news world to [...]
Via Jessica Luther at Power Forward: If you are reading this, you probably already know about Ray Rice, his domestic violence charge (which he pled down), and the NFL’s recent two-game suspension of Rice for this crime.
Here is a round-up [...]
Via Dion Beary at The Atlantic. “Don’t laugh: WWE has been trying to show some social consciousness lately. So why does it still insist on making its minority wrestlers into grill-wearing, thuggish B-listers?” Excerpt below:
In the fictional WWE storylines, being the world champion means you are the best wrestler. But [...]
Via The Root: Students at a Philadelphia-area high school are being punished for not using the word “r*dsk*n.”
Like the Washington, D.C., NFL team that just lost its trademark, Neshaminy High School has as its mascot a brown man’s face wearing a headdress—and the mascot is called “R*dsk*n,” a term that is offensive [...]
Via Valerie Alexander @ Jezebel: There are few sporting events I get as excited about as the World Cup. I played soccer in high school, in the NCAA, and for five years post-college, including two glorious years in the Golden Gate Women’s League, Premier Division. What the U.S. Men’s National Team has [...]
Via HuffPost: After holding a hearing to air their concerns over college football players unionizing, congressional Republicans took their opposition to the idea a step further on Thursday, filing a brief with the federal labor board against collective bargaining for college athletes.
The brief, submitted by six Republicans [...]
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB) decided the case Blackhorse v. Pro Football, Inc., declaring the “R*dskins” name is derogatory and offensive to Native Americans and calling for cancellation of the team’s six trademark registrations.
Via ThinkProgress Sports: A man identifying himself as a police officer reportedly pointed a gun and fired live rounds at a small gathering of demonstrators in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday evening, while another police officer fired live rounds into the air as other police attempted to disperse an anti-FIFA protest during Brazil’s World [...]
Brazilian Police Fire Tear Gas at World Cup Protesters, CNN World, June 12
Demonstrators clashed with the police in São Paulo and Rio a few hours before the opening game of the World Cup, NY Times, June 12
World Cup protester Pepper-Sprayed [...]
Robin Boylorn from The Crunk Feminist Collective weighs in on Rashad McCants interview:
In the last few weeks McCants has returned to the spotlight, this time whistleblowing on the problematic practices of academic misconduct at UNC from his college years. I can’t say I was shocked by the allegations but I am [...]
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