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The Premature Activist Athlete: Royce White

Today there is largely universal praise for the ESPY statements of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James. But what about athletes who stood up in much more difficult environment? Today we take a critical look at the ESPY statement with 2012 NBA first round draft pick Royce White. This is an NBA-level talent who has been pushed out of the league for standing up. We talk to Royce about the ESPYS and his future. I also have some “Choice words” about the way this discussion of athlete activism is being framed in the #BlackLivesMatter era.

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Royce White & Dave Zirin have an event together on September 21 in St. Paul at East Side Freedom Library:
Dave Zirin article on Royce White from 2013:
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Carmelo Anthony’s statement:
Royce White’s open letter to Carmelo Anthony:

Music by Dr. Dre & Mat Beard (,,

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LeBron’s Champion Cavaliers & Sports After Orlando with Cyd Zeigler of Outsports & ‘Fair Play’


The ascendancy of the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James to the top of the mountain has captivated hoop fans everywhere, including us. First, Dave Zirin sings the praises of LeBron and the Cavs, and then speaks with Cyd Zeigler, founder of the website Outsports and author of the new book ‘Fair Play,’ about how the sports world responded to the massacre of LGBT people in Orlando. Finally, we take it to church…seriously…with a recording of Dave’s Father’s Day sermon, as delivered to Plymouth Congregational Church in DC on “Muhammad Ali, Orlando, and the Light of Understanding.”

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Fair Play: How LGBT Athletes Are Claiming Their Rightful Place in Sports |
Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ. Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler | Zirin Sermon:

Music & LeBron mix by Jason St. Clair
Intro Music: ‘The Ruler’s Back’ (Instrumental) produced by Bink

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Chuck D Honors Ali: “He Grabbed the Mic and He Rhymed.”


The world shook last week as the greatest sports figure of the 20th Century, Muhammad Ali, passed away. Today begins a week of special podcasts devoted to The Champ, which will end with a trip to Louisville for Ali’s memorial. We originally booked today’s guest, Chuck D, to talk about his new supergroup ‘Prophets of Rage,’ which also features B-Real from Cypress Hill and members of Rage Against The Machine. Today, Chuck talks about this rebellious musical project, their summer tour that starts July 19th in Cleveland, and offers his insights into Ali’s indelible legacy. Then, ‘Choice Words’ from Dave’s latest column for The Nation.

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Zirin: ‘I Just Wanted to Be Free’: The Radical Reverberations of Muhammad Ali

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Music: Public Enemy (Terrorbeat, Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos, Welcome to the Terrordome) | Miles Davis (Ali)

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