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Amer-I-Can, Athlete Activism, Jim Brown, Kanye West, President Donald Trump, Social Activism -

Jim Brown is getting lambasted for the same thing the black community used to praise him for: defiant action to uplift African-Americans, by any means necessary. Last week, Brown met with President Donald Trump and Kanye West in the Oval Office for an orchestrated show of black support. West’s deluded ramblings dominated the aftermath, but […]

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Athlete Activism, Colin Kaepernick, Locker Room Talk, Los Angeles Chargers, NFL, Nike, Russell Okung, Social Activism -

In a stroke of genius that would make a chess master proud, Nike made a move last week that simultaneously put the NFL on its heels and made competitors squirm. Most important, the sports apparel giant helped protesting NFL players remind the public that their protests are not an attack on the military but a […]

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Athlete Activism, Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm, WNBA -

If you watched Breanna Stewart play this season, you might have noticed something different about her. Sure, she was the same versatile weapon she’s always been, but she took her play to another level. She averaged 21.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 blocks, which helped her lock up the league MVP award on […]

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Athlete Activism, DeMaurice Smith, National Anthem, NFL, NFLPA -

Despite the NFL’s push to reach a resolution on its national anthem policy before the regular season kicks off, the NFL Players Association would support maintaining the current standstill throughout the season, the union’s leader told The Undefeated on Monday. Optimistic about the union’s ongoing dialogue with the commissioner’s office, DeMaurice Smith, the NFLPA’s executive […]

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As Told To, Athlete Activism, NFL, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Randy Moss, Social Activism -

Randy Moss definitely made a bold statement with his unique tie, but it was actually a jumping-off point for so much more. At last week’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction, the former superstar wide receiver, who’s a member of 2018’s eight-man class, wore a black tie with the names of 12 African-American men and […]

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a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism, Athlete Activism, Books, Heritage: Black Athletes, NBA, NFL, The Heritage: Black Athletes -

For years, black communities had waited for that moment of truth when white America could see just how they were treated by police. Treatment by law enforcement was one of the great divides between the races. The March 3, 1991, beating of Rodney King by four Los Angeles Police Department officers was finally the proof […]

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Athlete Activism, Commentary, Donald Trump, Ed Glazer, Protest -

When NFL owners mounted a public defense against President Donald Trump for referring to their players as “sons of b—-es” and suggesting those who protested during the national anthem be fired, there was brief optimism that perhaps the NFL brass was beginning to understand why it was so important for some players to take a […]

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Athlete Activism, Books, Etan Thomas, NBA, The Next Chapter, Washington Wizards, We Matter: Athletes and Activism -

When former NBA standout Etan Thomas was in high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he once faced the difficult dilemma of participating in a district debate competition or playing in a regional basketball game. He chose to debate. That’s to say that Thomas didn’t suddenly become woke during a nine-year career where he was just as […]

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Athlete Activism, Marsha Howard, Undefeated Athlete of the Week, Wisconsin Badgers, Women's Basketball -

Before a late-season contest against conference foe Iowa, Wisconsin women’s basketball player Marsha Howard, as she had all season, refused to participate in the playing of the national anthem. The junior forward normally stayed in the tunnel until “The Star-Spangled Banner” finished playing. But for this game at Iowa’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena, there wasn’t a tunnel […]

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Allyson Felix, Arts, Athlete Activism, Colin Kaepernick, Commentary, John Urschel, Muhammad Ali, Politics, Social Activism, State of the Black Athlete -

Athletic success may get you through the door, but be mindful, once you get here: “Stick to sports.” There has been an unspoken expectation and, more recently, an apparent insistence that athletes’ opinions and passions are to be kept quiet. But the cultural resonance, political awakening and activation of the black athlete has pushed back […]

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Athlete Activism, Black 14, Chicago Bears, Lloyd Eaton, NCF, Protest, Race, Tony McGee, Washington Redskins, Wyoming Cowboys -

Tony McGee had no idea what would come next after he and 13 other black players were kicked off the undefeated and nationally ranked Wyoming Cowboys football team in the midst of the 1969 season. The defensive end had been playing like an All-American and maybe even a future pro, racking up 11 sacks in […]

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2018 NBA All-Star Game, Athlete Activism, Kevin Durant, Laura Ingraham, LeBron James, NBA, Stephen Curry -

LOS ANGELES — Nearly two years ago LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul took the stage at the Microsoft Theater for the opening of The ESPYS, where the four offered words of healing to a nation divided by a Russian-influenced political campaign, racism and the still fresh fatal police shootings of Alton […]

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Athlete Activism, NBA, NFL, Protest, Social Activism, WNBA, Year In Review -

There were some amazing sports moments in 2017: The New England Patriots rallied from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit to shock the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl. Clemson won one of the most riveting games in college football history with a come-from-behind touchdown pass to beat Alabama in the final seconds of the College Football […]

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Athlete Activism, Rod Broadway -

As a football coach and mentor to young African-American student-athletes for more than three decades, Rod Broadway understands that his job is much more than X’s and O’s. “I can help them become better football players — that’s the easy part of my job,” Broadway told The Undefeated in an exclusive interview. “Teaching them about […]

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Aaron Hernandez, Anquan Boldin, Athlete Activism, CTE, Malcolm Jenkins, Michael Bennett, New England Patriots, NFL, Social Activism, Torrey Smith, What Had Happened Was -

Game. Blouses. Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was 23 years old the last time he played professional football. At the time of his suicide four years later, he had stage 3 (out of 4) chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to a Boston University study of his brain, said his attorney Jose Baez. Hernandez’s […]

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Athlete Activism, Bill Russell, Cleveland Summit, Commentary, Harry Edwards, Jim Brown, Remembering The Champ -

On June 4, 1967, Jim Brown hosted what we now call the Cleveland Summit. A collection of great black athletes of the era met with Muhammad Ali to discuss his decision to be a conscientious objector. I was a 16-year-old junior at Harlan High School in Chicago. Harry Edwards was a 24-year-old Cornell University doctoral […]

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Athlete Activism, Colin Kaepernick, Martellus Bennett, Michael Bennett, NFL, Social Activism, Tom Brady -

So many people filed into the theater room in the back of Washington, D.C.’s, Busboys and Poets restaurant that extra seats had to be brought onstage and circled around the night’s guest speaker. The man they all crowded to see was Michael Bennett, a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks who signed a $31.5 million […]

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Athlete Activism, Tennessee Volunteers, WNBA, Women's Basketball -

Tennessee guard Diamond DeShields, 21, is the daughter of a former Major League Baseball player, Delino DeShields, and the sister of a current one, Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. But she’s also got an impressive athletic resume of her own. The national freshman of the year at North Carolina in 2014, DeShields transferred to […]

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Athlete Activism, Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, San Jose State University, Tommie Smith, Words to Action -

It’s been hard to spot a headline lately that doesn’t include the words activism, protest, boycott or social justice. Some conditions have improved, but racial tension and pleas for equality prompt plenty of unanswered questions. To help find answers beyond the headlines, sociologist and civil rights activist Harry Edwards and San Jose State University (SJSU) […]

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Athlete Activism, Harry Edwards, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, San Jose State University, Words to Action -

It was the summer of 1968. Two San Jose State University (SJSU) students had just won medals in the 200-meter race of the Mexico City Games. Track and field athletes Tommie Smith, who took gold, and John Carlos, who came in third, climbed to their places on the podium. During the medal ceremony, hands over […]

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Athlete Activism, Carmelo Anthony, Donald Trump, NBA, New York Knicks, Phil Jackson, Social Activism -

Not long before the ball dropped into 2017 in New York City after — what seemed to be a memorable year for Carmelo Anthony — his own boss made him sigh before Auld Lang Syne. Anthony and the New York Knicks are winning, and his statistics are productive. The 2016 USA Basketball Co-Player of the […]

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Athlete Activism, Colin Kaepernick, John Carlos, Social Activism -

When John Carlos raised his fist in the iconic Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, it wasn’t just a moment, it was a movement. “What happens if they shoot us?” asked Tommie Smith, as they prepared to take the podium, a valid question because of the recent assassinations of African-American leaders […]

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Athlete Activism, Colin Kaepernick, NFL, San Francisco 49ers, Social Activism -

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been sitting during the national anthem the entire preseason. People only took notice on Aug. 26 because he was dressed to play and his protest became obvious. Kaepernick explained that his decision to sit was in no way to bash the military “but to bring awareness to unjust […]

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Athlete Activism, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers, Richard Nixon, Wilt Chamberlain -

Seeing Martin Luther King Jr. in a casket on April 9, 1968 — this changed Wilt Chamberlain. Five days earlier, the civil rights leader had been assassinated — King was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He’d been set to lead a march and citywide work stoppage in conjunction with […]

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Andrew Hawkins, As Told To, Athlete Activism, Black Lives Matter, Cleveland Browns, John Crawford, NFL, Police Misconduct, Tamir Rice -

Cleveland Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins talked to one person about his decision to come out of the players’ tunnel wearing a black shirt with white font spelling out the names Tamir Rice and John Crawford on the front. His mother was scared for him. He was scared for himself, and cried as he thought through […]

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Athlete Activism, Black Lives Matter, WNBA -

The recent police shootings of unarmed black men has sparked outrage across the world. At the forefront of the social push for change are women.

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Athlete Activism, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, NBA, New York Knicks, Rio Olympics 2016, Team USA -

Carmelo Anthony was pleasantly surprised to see his USA Basketball Olympic teammates and the women’s team joining him in South Central Los Angeles on Monday. There were also 80 teenagers predominantly of African-American and Latino descent and community leaders on hand at the closed social discussion at Challengers Boys & Girls Club. But of all […]

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