Dave Zirin, The Nation’s sports editor, is the author of eight books on the politics of sports, most recently, Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin is a frequent guest on ESPN, MSNBC, and Democracy Now! He also hosts his own weekly Sirius XM show, Edge of Sports Radio, and co-hosts The Collision: Where Sports and Politics Collide with former NBA player Etan Thomas (both available as podcasts). You can find all his work or contact him through his website EdgeofSports.com. Follow him on twitter @EdgeofSports.
In Miami, no one gave much of a chance to young boxer Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. against the champ, Sonny Liston. It wouldn’t be the last time Clay would shock the world.
Michael Sam’s press conference showed a young man who isn’t looking to be a trailblazer. He just wants to play football. That may have to be enough.
Former NFL player Wade Davis talks to us about Michael Sam and the risks and rewards of being gay in the NFL in 2014.
In a sickening display, Putin’s security forces unleash barbarism as a stark warning to others.
“Sochi is the land of Circassians. They can’t hide this anymore.”
The Ted Wells report about Miami Dolphins locker room bullying produces more questions than answers.
Why has the mainstream, right-wing response to NFL prospect and SEC defensive player of the year Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay been a chorus of crickets?
Will Michael Sam’s coming out force NFL owners to make the league more inclusive?
All-American Michael Sam’s coming out is new and historic. The early reaction by NFL GMs is tired and bigoted.