Do NBA Players Really Get Arrested More Than Usual? (No, Stop This)

Because this is an enormous waste of everyone's time and brain energy, but also because you should have at least a functional grasp of how stupid it is, here is a very quick rundown on how often NBA players are arrested, compared to the rest of the country. » 3/10/14 11:27am 3/10/14 11:27am

The Big Book Of Black Quarterbacks

On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks walked all over the Denver Broncos, 43-8, to win Super Bowl XLVIII. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 206 yards, ran for 26 more, threw two touchdowns, and made National Football League history. He became the second African-American quarterback ever to start and win a Super… » 2/06/14 5:20pm 2/06/14 5:20pm

Richard Sherman And The Plight Of The Conquering Negro

Last night in the NFC championship, the San Francisco 49ers trailed the Seattle Seahawks by six, 23-17, with 30 seconds left in the game. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick had led the 49ers all the way down to the Seahawks' 18-yard line. He took the snap out of the gun, set his feet, and released a flossy little fade to the … » 1/20/14 3:08pm 1/20/14 3:08pm

Study: NBA Whites Are Not Underpaid (Counterpoint: Are They Overpaid?)

OK, hold on, just—just wait a second. This does actually make sense. A new study from the University of Toledo has found that white American NBA players are not discriminated against in their wages. We do have a question, though. » 1/17/14 2:58pm 1/17/14 2:58pm

How Black Is Duke Basketball?

There's a lot of talk out there—and more than a little evidence—suggesting that this year's Duke Blue Devils, led by the very big and very mobile Jabari Parker, are the most athletic team in the school's history. We decided to investigate whether that claim is true. And since average vertical leap numbers through the… » 12/10/13 2:29pm 12/10/13 2:29pm

Richie Incognito Was Never An Honorary Black Guy

We know that Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito called his teammate Jonathan Martin a "half-nigger." Today, Warren Sapp told Dan Patrick that Incognito called him "a nigger" when the two lined up years ago, when they were still in the league. At first glance, that Richie sounds like a flaming, unabashed… » 11/06/13 5:56pm 11/06/13 5:56pm

Riley Cooper Hasn't "Been Through" Anything

Nick Foles, a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, gave an interesting quote to Peter King after a seven-touchdown performance today. One of the day's storylines was that Riley Cooper, one of Foles's receivers—you may recall that he made headlines over the summer for calling someone a "nigger"—finished the day with… » 11/03/13 9:29pm 11/03/13 9:29pm

How A White Couple Stuck Up For Black Ballplayers In Jim Crow Florida

Excerpted from From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago's Best Sports Writing (University of Chicago Press), edited by Ron Rapoport and featuring stories from the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Daily News, and the Chicago Defender, among other papers. It's an excellent collection, and… » 9/17/13 5:04pm 9/17/13 5:04pm

Fifty Years After the March, White People Are Still a Disgrace

The white guy was looking up at the TV in a rest stop on the Jersey Turnpike. Onscreen, the news was showing John Lewis speaking at the anniversary of the March on Washington. "I am not going to stand by and let the Supreme Court take the right to vote away from us," Lewis said. The white guy in the rest stop glared at… » 8/29/13 2:14pm 8/29/13 2:14pm

Calm Down About Christopher Lane, White People

America's opportunistic race-hustlers, unsatisfied by their victory in the Trayvon Martin case, won't stop looking for reasons to rile up white people. So now the latest yapping point in our national conversation about race is the murder of Christopher Lane, the white Australian student allegedly killed for kicks by… » 8/22/13 5:13pm 8/22/13 5:13pm

Video of Violent, Rioting Surfers Shows White Culture of Lawlessness

A frightening and violent mob swept through the normally quiet seaside community of Huntington Beach last night following a surfing competition in the area. Businesses were vandalized and looted, portable toilets overturned, and brutal fistfights waged right out in the open. It was an ugly display and a sad day for… » 7/30/13 11:47am 7/30/13 11:47am

People Were Angry About ESPN's Bilingual Interviews Of Cuban Players

It's growing increasingly predictable that whenever the Spanish language appears on ESPN, angry responses are sure to come from viewers. That happened again tonight, when Pedro Gomez conducted bilingual interviews with Aroldis Chapman and Yoenis Céspedes and the Worldwide Leader received this kind of feedback: » 7/15/13 9:30pm 7/15/13 9:30pm