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Tag: Athletes

John Oliver Says ‘You Can See Why Athletes Might Want to Dope’ Ahead of the Olympics (Video)

The Rio de Janeiro Olympics are just around the corner, and while they may conjure inspirational stories of athletes, the truth behind some of the participants’ incredible achievements can be a bit more grim than these stories let on.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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AUDIO: ‘Asterisk: A Glyph’: A Forceful Poem About Why ‘Forsaken People … Turn Athletes Into Gods’

Hakim Bellamy, Albuquerque’s first poet laureate, writes a series of questions about reactions to the tennis star Serena Williams that will echo in your mind for days on end.

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King Goodell

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Football Crack

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That’s It!

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Normal NFL

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NFL Tailgates

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NCAA Profits

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BigU Football

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Out of the Closet

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Breaking NFL Barriers

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In Defense of the Mega-Rich

As food stamps were cut, millionaire Tom “Kristallnacht” Perkins explained the plight of the wealthy; athletes are looking to unionize; and how will Supreme Court justices believing in “natural law” affect their legal decisions? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE

A-Rod’s Suspension

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 ENLARGE

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In a Rebuke to Putin, Obama Names Gay Athletes to Olympic Delegation

At the same time, the White House announced that no top-tier government officials will join the official group, a clear slap at Russian anti-homosexual policies and a strong sign of support for gay athletes. Let the games begin.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE

Head Injuries

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Baseball Blues

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Baseball Steroids

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Michigan High School Protected Star Athlete Over Rape Victim, Lawsuit Alleges

Despite the principal’s plea to not report the attack, the victim filed charges against the basketball player out of fear he would strike again. Those fears were confirmed just two weeks later when he is said to have sexually assaulted another student. The story gets even more heartbreaking as it progresses.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE

Super Bowl

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Lance Armstrong Confession

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Lance Armstrong Tells the Truth

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Anonymous Leaks Awful Video of High School Athletes Joking About Teen Rape Accuser

The disturbing 12-minute video features athletes from Steubenville High School in Ohio making fun of a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly kidnapped and raped by two of the school’s star football players last summer.

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Professional Sport

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What ESPN’s Bill Simmons Superdeluxe Media Empire Means for Facts, Fans and Sports

Going bonkers, lionizing winners and dumping on losers is fun, even if the cycle is accelerating to absurdity and beyond with modern 24/7 reportage. That’s today’s price of fame. Privileged as they are, today’s starry-eyed young athletes pursue their dream through a driving shitstorm.

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Did Privilege Play a Role in Lacrosse Killing?

The question has to be asked: Is it something about athletes? Something about entitled college athletes? Something about lacrosse?

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE

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Coping With Corporate Media

The Truthdig Podcast is back and better than ever. This week the panel tackles our obsession with imperfect athletes, the first days of the Obama administration and the decline of media. Special guest Megan Tady, campaign coordinator for Free Press, joins James Harris and Josh Scheer.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009 READ MORE

Paralympic Athletes Carry Iraq’s Hopes

In war-ravaged Iraq, the paralympic athletes have a better shot of winning gold medals, according to this report from The New York Times.

Posted on Jul 8, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

Take Me Out to the BALCO

On April 2, 2002, the Los Angeles Dodgers played a home game against the San Francisco Giants, raising the question: If both pitcher and batter are artificially enhanced, does that level the playing field?

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE

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Money for Medals

Canada has won its share of Olympic medals over the years, but apparently not enough. Whether to reward or recognize its athletes, Canada will now pay them $20,000 per gold medal. That’s not so extraordinary—a number of countries, including the U.S., already shell out, and Italian gold medalists in the Turin Games took home a cool $150,000 per gold.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Special Guest Cyd Zeigler on Gay Athletes, Hardaway’s Homophobia and More

Special guest Cyd Zeigler Jr. of sounds off on athletes in the closet, the myth that keeps them there and why Tim Hardaway’s homophobic tirade was a good thing.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE

Baseball? That Ain’t Hood

African Americans are abandoning baseball in droves. But should we care?

Posted on Jan 3, 2006 READ MORE

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