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.
On the day that Len Bias would have turned 50, it is worth remembering how people have used his memory and exploited his death.
Many writers put the fault for Richie Incognito's racist bullying on a generation of African-American players. This is just wrong.
Having seen all the footage, my initial judgment of Jay Glazer was overly harsh.
The NFL’s manhood code is profoundly destructive. If anything good comes out of this Richie Incognito story, maybe it is that we can work to change it.
The Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin story has at least revealed an NFL team that refuses to see harassment as part of doing business.