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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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Dr. Harry Edwards on NCAAs: Stop the Madness of March

As college basketball fans descend into March Madness, Edge of Sports offers a wake-up call with Dr. Harry Edwards, renowned sports sociologist and author of the seminal text “The Revolt of the Black Athlete.” Dr. Edwards prescribes a stringent tonic for the NCAA’s ills: a complete dissolution and ground-up reformation focused on academics and athlete equity. Dave Zirin also offers his ’Choice Words’ to the NCAA, drawing inspiration from John Oliver’s brilliant 2015 sendup. Finally, the ‘Just Stand Up’ award goes to Rory Fanning, an Army Vet and co-author of Craig Hodges’ forthcoming memoir who was among a group of protesters that shut down Donald Trump’s planned rally in Chicago.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: A Beautiful Mind

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the consummate basketball renaissance man. The all-time leading scorer in NBA history is also an author, historian, and now cultural commentator on the most hot-button political topics of the day. Here, Dave Zirin sits with Kareem for the full hour to discuss his deep history of activism, scholarship and steadfast self-discovery. We’ll be releasing video of this interview at in the coming weeks.

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