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College Sports Has Its First Openly Gay Male Star

Derrick Gordon is young, talented and gay. He tells Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler that life in the closet and teasing from his teammates almost caused him to quit basketball.

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Derogatory Monikers

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Let Them Eat NCAA Brackets

There are many modern-day analogies to Marie Antoinette’s attitude toward the proles during the 18th century, but nothing quite like Warren Buffett’s billion-dollar giveaway.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Ruling: Student Athletes Are Employees, Can Join Union

Northwestern University football players have asked for the right to join a union, and Wednesday the Chicago region of the National Labor Relations Board decided they could.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



Warmer Winters Will Limit Olympic Snow

By the 2080s, two-thirds of the cities that have hosted the Winter Olympics since 1924 are likely to be too warm to be able to do so again.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 READ MORE


How the NFL Saved Arizona From Itself

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay sports dominates the news, from Arizona’s bigoted legislation to the bisexual athlete who crushed Sochi. Also: how “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite accidentally made the best animal rights movie.

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How the NFL Saved Arizona From Itself

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay sports dominates the news, from Arizona’s bigoted legislation to the bisexual athlete who crushed Sochi. Also: how “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite accidentally made the best animal rights movie.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Arizona Governor Expected to Veto Gay Jim Crow

Gov. Jan Brewer is a tea party darling, but she doesn’t want to lose the Super Bowl or Apple’s business.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Out Women of Sochi Make Gays Everywhere Proud

With three medals in these games, including a gold, skater Ireen Wüst leads the roster not just of gay athletes at the Sochi Olympics, but all athletes.

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Kobe Bryant Plays for a Destiny He Realized at Age 6

If this weekend’s All-Star Game was a retirement party for Kobe Bryant, the Lakers look pretty dumb giving him $48.5 million over the next two years.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE


Openly Gay Football Player Michael Sam Gets a Standing Ovation From Missouri Fans

At halftime during a basketball game Saturday, Mizzou students and spectators gave a rousing ovation to their star footballer Michael Sam, who is widely expected to become the first openly gay NFL player when he is inevitably drafted in May.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Michael Sam

The NFL hopeful could be another nail in the coffin of sexual hate in professional sports.

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Out of the Closet

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Breaking NFL Barriers

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Cheat Sheet: The Tyson Gay File

Last July, U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay held the fastest 100-meter time in the world.

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Why Not End College Athletics Altogether?

An effort to form a players union in college isn’t about money—yet. Nevertheless, it’s naive to think that giving the athletes a tiny percentage of the proceeds will clean up so corrupt a system.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE


College Athletes Hope to Find Power in a Union

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Student athletes want more than scholarships for their billion dollar labor, Dr. Jill Stein and Aura Bogado respond to the State of the Union, why the Costco model beats the Walmart model, and arguably the most powerful progressive in the House retires.

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College Athletes Look for Power in a Union

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Student athletes want more than scholarships for their billion dollar labor, Dr. Jill Stein and Aura Bogado respond to the State of the Union, why the Costco model beats the Walmart model, and arguably the most powerful progressive in the House retires.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Nature Is Trying to Tell Us Something

While it’s cold in much of the U.S., Australia has been sweltering through record-breaking heat. One player at the Australia Open said her plastic water bottle began to melt.

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Appropriate Name

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Russian Islamists Threaten Terrorist Attack at Sochi Olympic Games

Islamist militants from Russia’s Caucases region released a video taking credit for a previous attack (unconfirmed) and promising to give a “present” if Russia goes ahead with the Winter Games next month.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE


Why Is the President Fighting for a War He Doesn’t Believe In?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: According to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the president didn’t buy into his own strategy. Also, what’s up with Dennis Rodman? Saving public art. And we remember Amiri Baraka.

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Why Is the President Fighting for a War He Doesn’t Believe In?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: According to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the president didn’t buy into his own strategy. Also, what’s up with Dennis Rodman? Saving public art. And we remember Amiri Baraka.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Much Ado About Lance’s Lie

Alex Gibney’s excellent documentary probes the moral outrage over cheating in a minor sport.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE


Going Nuclear: An Environmentalist Makes the Case

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The director of “Pandora’s Promise” pitches nuclear power. Also: Bringing quality food to the poor, and bullying in sports.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE


Going Nuclear: An Environmentalist Makes the Case

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The director of “Pandora’s Promise” pitches nuclear power. Also: Bringing quality food to the poor, and bullying in sports.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Hail to the Washingtons

I’m a bit late to the topic, but the Washington, D.C., professional football team really ought to change its name.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE


Head Injuries

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WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE


WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Miss America: Why Racism Thrives Online

The danger of online racism is that people seem to get away with it and public disapproval in the form of reports like this one do not appear to have the same effect in lessening racist speech as disapproval does in face-to-face encounters.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Dirty Secret of Some Pro Sports Leagues: They’re Nonprofits

There’s a ripple of movement in Congress to strip nonprofit status from pro sports businesses such as the NFL and PGA, raising fresh questions about why taxpayers should support billion-dollar entertainment industries.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Olympics Dumps Wrestling to Make Way for New Sport Called Wrestling

A bizarre sequence of events has secured an ancient and original sport a place at the 2020 Olympics, but not without exposing the byzantine workings of the International Olympic Committee.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE


Football Violence

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Missing: The L.A. Times’ Provocateur Extraordinaire

No, I don’t know what’s going on with the Los Angeles Times’ love-him-or-hate-him T.J. Simers, whose sports column has disappeared from the paper since June 2, when he staged a free throw shooting contest between his grown daughter, Kelly Nielsen, and NBA star Dwight Howard.

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Should Russia Really Be Banned From the Olympics?

Although the anti-gay laws passed in Russia are reprehensible, is prohibiting the country from hosting or competing in the Olympics the best answer?

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE



Baseball’s Biggest Problem

In the bad news for baseball, drugs aren’t the problem.

Posted on Aug 11, 2013 READ MORE



Wendy Davis Won’t Back Down, Maher Rips Voting Rights Act Decision, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s latest fight against student loan rate increases and what the top two Senate Republicans are requesting of the NFL and other major American sports leagues.

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Gay Rights: The Bigger Picture

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Marriage equality isn’t the big issue, Congress struggles to pass immigration reform, Brazil’s World Cup protests, and what the hell is the matter with Texas?

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Gay Rights: The Bigger Picture

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Marriage equality isn’t the big issue, Congress struggles to pass immigration reform, Brazil’s World Cup protests, and what the hell is the matter with Texas?

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE


Why I Won’t Go to the World Cup

As Brazilians erupted in protest last week, filmmaker Carla Dauden posted a short video Monday explaining that preparations for the 2014 World Cup were draining her country of money that should be spent on the well-being of its people.

Posted on Jun 23, 2013 READ MORE



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NFL Defends the ‘R-Word’

Responding to a plea from members of Congress to change the Washington Redskins’ bigoted name, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote, “The name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE


Why Is the IRS Involved in Politics in the First Place?

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the IRS scandal misses the point, drones threaten privacy, and the other people in sports still trapped in the closet.

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Is the IRS Involved in Politics in the First Place?

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the IRS scandal misses the point, drones threaten privacy, and the other people in sports still trapped in the closet.

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE


Jason Collins’ Place in History

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The first male athlete in one of the big American sports to come out of the closet won’t be the last. Also: race and terrorism, and the companies that do (and don’t) protect your privacy from the government.

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Jason Collins’ Place in History

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The first male athlete in one of the big American sports to come out of the closet won’t be the last. Also: race and terrorism, and the companies that do (and don’t) protect your privacy from the government.

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE



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‘I’m a 34-Year-Old NBA Center. I’m Black. And I’m Gay’

With those courageous words, longtime NBA player Jason Collins made history Monday by coming out as the first openly gay athlete in major professional sports.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Waiting for ‘42’

Jackie Robinson’s story has been oddly neglected by Hollywood—until now.

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE



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NHL Formally Welcomes Gay Players

The National Hockey League and its players union have announced a partnership with the You Can Play Project, because, in the words of Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players’ Assn., “it’s the right thing to do.”

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 READ MORE


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