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.
The last week has seen the deaths of three sports trailblazers who in different ways brought us all closer together.
At Grand Central Terminal, Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse is the lookout of choice when the police monitor #BlackLivesMatter demonstrators.
NBA star Steph Curry publicly remembered slain Chapel Hill student Deah Barakat over All-Star Weekend. This has resonance beyond just a kind gesture.
Dean Smith will be remembered for his legendary coaching career. He should also be remembered for taking unpopular stands for social justice.
After a fourteen-year absence, Serena Williams is returning to a tournament where she faced racist abuse. She will not be alone.