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10/22/14 - Stop Surgical Violence Against Women Athletes—and Let Dutee Run!

Imagine if four female Olympic athletes from extremely poor countries were told that if they wanted to compete, they’d have to undergo a surgical procedure on their genitalia—with lifelong health repercussions—to lower their testosterone levels. Imagine if they were informed by ruling officials that unless they went under the knife, their athletic dreams would go up in smoke. Imagine if the doctors also subjected them to procedures that had nothing to do with their testosterone levels, but were aimed at “feminizing” them, including “a partial clitoridectomy, and gonadectomy, followed by a deferred feminizing vaginoplasty.” This is not the plot of a new sports book by Margaret Atwood. This is an all all-too-true tale from the 2012 London Olympics.

10/13/14 - ‘Raiders Night’ Comes to Sayreville

The best young adult sports book that I’ve ever read is Raiders Night, by Robert Lipsyte. It details the dynamics of a big-time New Jersey high school football team, the Nearmont Raiders, and the ways in which a sports hazing culture seamlessly morphs into a sexual assault against a teammate. Raiders Night lays out better than a stack of academic articles how the toxic masculinity embedded in many football teams, when spliced with peer pressure, could lead otherwise good kids to choose silence when faced with a violent crime.

10/08/14 - The NBA’s 21st-Century Vampires

It seems that NBA owners thirst for the blood of their players. Unlike vampires of yesteryear, they don’t want these precious fluids for personal sustenance. Instead, it’s for the health and vitality of their billion-dollar franchise investments. According to an article in ESPN The Magazine the owners want the blood of their athletes and some may already be harvesting.

09/30/14 - ‘The Facts Themselves Speak Truth to Power’: An Interview With NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith

09/30/14 - Are Head Injuries the Bridge Between the NFL Playing Field and Domestic Violence?

09/21/14 - No Justice, No Football: Ferguson Demonstrators Bring Struggle to NFL Sunday

09/21/14 - The 2014 NFL: Where Racketeers Condemn Child Abusers

09/21/14 - Why NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Must Go and Who Should Replace Him

09/12/14 - ‘Erase the Tapes!’: The Beginning of the End for Roger Goodell

09/12/14 - The Revictimizing of Janay Rice

09/12/14 - Dave Zirin

09/12/14 - You Can’t Unsee It: Washington Football Name and Quiet Acts of Resistance

09/12/14 - UPDATED: Michael Sam: Out of the Closet, Out of the NFL?

09/01/14 - Yes, I ‘Question the NFL's Commitment’ to Being a Force Against Domestic Violence

09/01/14 - The Assassinating of Native American Voices by the Cowards Palin, Ditka and Snyder

09/01/14 - On the Little League World Series, Jackie Robinson West and Michael Brown

09/01/14 - The Wrong Question: ‘Where Are the Athletes on Ferguson?’

09/01/14 - The Major Problem With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Powerful Essay on Ferguson

09/01/14 - INTERVIEW: Why Pro Wrestler ‘MVP’ Made the Trip to Ferguson

09/01/14 - Robin Williams and a Moment of Magic

08/09/14 - Why Has It Taken This Long for a Men’s Pro-Sports Team to Hire a Female Coach?

08/09/14 - His Name Was Ahed Zaqout: Former Palestinian Soccer Star Killed in Gaza

08/09/14 - At Least My Hospital Isn’t Being Bombed

08/09/14 - Here’s What Happens When an NFL Player Beats His Fiancée Unconscious

07/25/14 - Four Little Boys and the Price of Play in Gaza

07/13/14 - The Preordained: Why LeBron James Was Always Coming Back to Cleveland

07/06/14 - ‘Exporting Gaza’: The Arming of Brazil’s World Cup Security

07/01/14 - Luis Suárez May Bite, but FIFA Sucks Blood

06/18/14 - Dispatches From Brazil’s World Cup: Real Estate Frenzy Provokes ‘Psychological Attack’ to Oust Favela Residents

06/16/14 - Dispatches From Brazil’s World Cup: ‘Don’t Tear Gas the Tourists!’

06/15/14 - Dispatches From Brazil’s World Cup: ‘No One Lives Here Anymore’

06/05/14 - John Carlos Stands Up to an NFL Slur

06/05/14 - A Historic Goal for Palestine

05/29/14 - Pure Poison: The UCSB Shooting, Ray Rice and a Culture of Violence Against Women

05/24/14 - Pelé Said What?

05/19/14 - ‘There Will Be No World Cup’: Brazil on the Brink

05/13/14 - Donald Sterling and Anderson Cooper: Meet the Wolf of Crenshaw

05/11/14 - Michael Sam Gets Drafted, and the NFL Has Issues

05/05/14 - No Sympathy for Shelly Sterling

05/03/14 - Whitewash: How The NY Times Just Rewrote The History of Sports

04/30/14 - What Helped Bring Donald Sterling Down? A Threatened Strike Against Racism

04/29/14 - The Sterling Ban: 10 Takeaways From Adam Silver’s and Kevin Johnson’s Press Conferences

04/25/14 - Breaking the Law? Northwestern Football Coach Pressures Players Not to Unionize

04/25/14 - Brazil’s World Cup Will Kick the Environment in the Teeth

04/25/14 - Ten Years Later: Questions Still Surround Pat Tillman’s Death

04/25/14 - On the Death and Life’s Work of the Unconquerable Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter

04/25/14 - Bigots Will Learn: You’re Not Going to Scare Henry Aaron

04/25/14 - Pat Tillman, the Boston Marathon and the Tale of Two Anniversaries

04/14/14 - Why Is Northwestern Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald Playing the Union Buster?

04/14/14 - The UConn Huskies Win ‘NCAA Hunger Games Bingo’

04/10/14 - Men on the Edge of Panic: Boomer Esiason, Mike Francesa and Toxic Masculinity

04/03/14 - Richard Sherman Defends His Dirt

03/30/14 - The Northwestern University Football Union and the NCAA’s Death Spiral

03/25/14 - It’s the Racism, Stupid: Meet the Press’s Epic NCAA Fail

03/14/14 - Disrespect in Dodgers Blue: Why Number 11 Should Be Worn Only by Manny Mota

03/08/14 - Major League Soccer to Start Season With Scab Refs

03/08/14 - My Years of Magical Thinking: Thoughts on the 1980s Showtime Lakers

02/28/14 - After Darren Sharper, the NFL Must Address Violence Against Women

02/26/14 - At Long Last, Jason Collins Is the First

02/24/14 - After the Press Conference: Michael Sam and "The Man Box"

02/14/14 - The Miami Dolphins, Richie Incognito, and the Rot in the National Football League

02/11/14 - All-American Michael Sam Comes Out and the NFL Is On the Clock

02/11/14 - Michael Sam Owns His Truth. Will NFL Owners Join Him?

02/10/14 - Ten Points about College Hoops All-American Marcus Smart Pushing A "Fan"

02/10/14 - It Begins: 4 LGBT Activists Arrested in Russia for Quoting the Olympic Charter

02/06/14 - Democracy Now Appearances

02/05/14 - The 2014 Sochi Olympics: Something For Everyone!

01/31/14 - Not a Broncos Fan? Then This Super Bowl, Root for Russell Wilson

01/27/14 - Richard Sherman’s Latest and his Refusal to Be a Brand

01/27/14 - Richard Sherman, Racial Coding and Bombastic Brainiacs

01/17/14 - Israel, Palestine, Pinochet… and a Soccer Jersey?

01/13/14 - More Shame for 60 Minutes: First Benghazi, Then the NSA, Now Alex Rodriguez

01/09/14 - The Florida State Seminoles: The Champions of Racist Mascots

01/07/14 - Jovan Belcher’s Murder-Suicide: Did the Kansas City Chiefs Pull the Trigger?

01/02/14 - Is it Getting Better? Chris Kluwe, Aaron Rodgers and LGBT Rights in Sports

01/02/14 - Dear NFL Owners: It’s Not Your Coaches. It’s You.

12/19/13 - What will the “Billie Jean Delegation” mean for LGBT Rights in Sochi?

12/16/13 - Peyton Manning: A Dreadful, Uninspired Choice as Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year

12/10/13 - Mandela’s Uses of Sports: Resistance, Reconciliation and Rebranding

12/05/13 - Ten Takeaways from The Winston Case: In This World, You Want To Be Jameis Winston, Not Trayvon Martin

11/27/13 - Redskins Owner Dan Snyder Says ‘Some of My Best Friends Are Navajo Code Talkers!’

11/24/13 - Racist Attack at San Jose State, the Holy Ground of the Black Athlete’s Revolt

11/22/13 - Les Miserables of Alex Rodriguez

11/18/13 - Egyptian Athletes Take a Stand and Pay a Price

11/12/13 - NFL Players Confronted With the Question ‘What Makes a Man’?

11/07/13 - The Miami Dolphins Practice Bully Solidarity

11/05/13 - The NFL’s Bully Problem

10/31/13 - Boston Red Sox Party Like Its 1918 And My Hate Is On Hold