Ta-Nehisi Coates Needs An Editor, Says Editor Who Edited Like One Blog Post In 18 Months

Earlier this week, Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates published an enormous study of mass incarceration and its impact on African-American families in America today. The article is comprehensive, exhaustive, compellingly written, and reaches back into centuries of American oppression to come to the conclusion that the… »9/16/15 4:19pm9/16/15 4:19pm

America Has Always Wanted To Pretend That Sports Aren't Work

Last month, given the chance to affirm that college athletes have basic labor rights, the National Labor Review Board punted. It’s rare that a sports metaphor so perfectly crafted for lazy headline writers is so fitting, but punting—the most cowardly, spineless, and responsibility-evading decision routinely made in… »9/09/15 2:48pm9/09/15 2:48pm

Report: Jason Whitlock Negotiating To Leave ESPN, Rejoin Fox Sports

Ever since he was booted from the website he was hired to create at the beginning of the summer, Jason Whitlock has aimlessly putzed around the ESPN empire, writing a couple of online columns and guest hosting PTI. Now the other shoe seems to be dropping, with Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reporting that… »8/24/15 7:57pm8/24/15 7:57pm

So Why Did Jason Whitlock Bail On A New York Mag Profile? 

New York magazine has a new 4,000-word feature on ESPN personality Jason Whitlock out, and while it offers a good (if familiar) rundown of Whitlock’s career and how he ended up getting fired from his own non-existent website before it even launched, it offers nothing first-hand from its subject. What’s funny is that… »7/06/15 5:40pm7/06/15 5:40pm

Deadcast: Could This Dumb Twitter Parody Actually Be Jason Whitlock?  

Earlier this week, our own Greg Howard posted a lengthy exposé on noted couch tormentor Jason Whitlock and his ESPN-backed vertical, The Undefeated. One Whitlock fanboy on Twitter got pretty worked up over that post… or is he MORE than a Whitlock fanboy? It’s a mystery that can only be solved via Deadcast…
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How Jason Whitlock Is Poisoning ESPN's "Black Grantland"

Two months ago, just after the end of a long holiday weekend, Jason Whitlock convened a morning meeting at the Los Angeles offices of his ESPN-backed black-interest site, The Undefeated, which is slated to go live this summer. Five days before, to coincide with the NBA All-Star Game, the site had introduced itself… »4/27/15 3:23pm4/27/15 3:23pm

Black Grantland's Old White Guy To Black People: Do What I Tell You

Yesterday, news dropped that Jason Whitlock was about to make Mike Wise, an oldish white Washington Post columnist and proud champion of liberal causes, his second official "black Grantland" hire. That's interesting not just because of what he is—this is supposed to be a site bursting with young, up-and-coming… »11/18/14 5:30pm11/18/14 5:30pm