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NAACP President Ben Jealous Calls Out the NCAA for Its Treatment of Black Athletes

NAACP President Ben Jealous Calls Out the NCAA for Its Treatment of Black Athletes

oakley outlet store cheap toms By Benjamin Todd Jealous In 2011, 17,500 college basketball players were registered with the National Collegiate Athletic Association. That year, 48 college players were drafted by NBA teams. What happens to the undrafted? Some bounce around the international leagues for a few years, and a few even make it to […]

Retired Players Win Major Court Battle with the NFL

Retired Players Win Major Court Battle with the NFL

Most retired NFL players have numerous stories of former teammates who are facing dire circumstances more daunting than anything they experienced on the playing field. The Settlement of the ongoing publicity rights class action Dryer, et al. v. National Football League, which alleged that the NFL improperly used retired NFL players’ identities in NFL Films, […]

Dr. Tommy Whittler: Uncompensated Athletes Get Caught Stealing, the Entire System is Shamed

Dr. Tommy Whittler:   Uncompensated Athletes Get Caught Stealing, the Entire System is Shamed

by Dr. Tommy Whittler Three University of Alabama football players were dismissed from their team for robbery and one player for the illegal use of a credit card.  As I read this story, USA Today (2/28/13, 3c), I was  reminded of a comedy starring Eddie Murphy as street con Darnell Valentine and Dan Akroyyd as […]

Damario Solomon-Simmons: Report Cites NCAA’s Failure to Graduate Black Athletes

Damario Solomon-Simmons: Report Cites NCAA’s Failure to Graduate Black Athletes

by Damario Solomon-Simmons Outside the fact that we now have our first Black President, no other area has had more sustained and visible growth for African-Americans over the last fifty years than the number of Black Male Student Athletes (“BMSAs”) participating in revenue-generating college sports (football and men’s’ basketball).   In fact, today, BMSAs are 57.1% […]

Cyclist Lance Armstrong Reportedly to Admit to Oprah that He Was Doping All Those Years

Cyclist Lance Armstrong Reportedly to Admit to Oprah that He Was Doping All Those Years

Cyclist Lance Edward Armstrong is reportedly going to admit doping when he appears as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Network next week, Thursday, January 17. The New York Times revealed that Armstrong would have a “limited confession” on Oprah’s show. Armstrong, 41, has repeatedly denied doping in the past, but in 2012, he was […]

Former NBA Player Etan Thomas Writes an Open Letter to Redskins QB: Don’t Destroy Your Body

Former NBA Player Etan Thomas Writes an Open Letter to Redskins QB:  Don’t Destroy Your Body

Dear Robert: A very upset 7-year-old could hardly sleep last night. My son, (Jonathan Newton – TWP)Malcolm, is a huge fan of yours and he was upset at the image of his favorite player in pain as Fox Sports replayed your knee injury over and over during the Redskins’ playoff loss to Seattle Sunday. But Malcolm […]

Bob Costas Says It Was a Mistake to Make Gun Control Comments After Belcher Murder-Suicide

Bob Costas Says It Was a Mistake to Make Gun Control Comments After Belcher Murder-Suicide

Just when you see someone prominent take a principled position, you then see the money and power starting to kick in and take over.  Bob Costas has been under fire from people who want him fired after he made controversial comments after the murder-suicide involving Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs.  Belcher shot his […]

NFL Player Kissed His Girlfriend, Daughter after Homicide

NFL Player Kissed His Girlfriend, Daughter after Homicide

The Kansas City Star released a detailed  report on the final moments of the life of NFL player Jovan Belcher.  Belcher, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, shot himself and his girlfriend after an argument this weekend.   According to the Star, Belcher kissed his girlfriend after shooting her and apologized.  He also kissed […]

NBC’s Bob Costas Speaks on Gun Control after Murder-Suicide of Chief’s Player

NBC’s Bob Costas Speaks on Gun Control after Murder-Suicide of Chief’s Player

Bob Costas from NBC used his time during the halftime segment of Sunday Night Football to talk about the recent murder-suicide of Chiefs player Jovan Belcher and his child’s mother, Kassandra Perkins.  During the segment, Costas spoke about gun control and whether or not this played a role in the death of the player. Costas […]

Dr. Boyce: Black Athletes Should Never Take Pride in Being Ignorant

Dr. Boyce:  Black Athletes Should Never Take Pride in Being Ignorant

by Dr. Boyce Watkins I received a phone call from a friend of mine who teaches elementary school. She told me that she’d spent the week excited about the fact that some college basketball players were coming to her school to eat lunch with the kids. She thought that her inner city students would gain […]