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September 28, 2022
Brittney Griner Gets No Support From Former Coach Kim Mulkey
The championship coach could not offer even a nod of solidarity to her former player languishing in a Russian prison.
September 20, 2022
Does the NBA Deserve Becky Hammon?
The WNBA championship coach has left the NBA with egg on its face.
September 8, 2022
Sue Bird Sets a Standard and Says Goodbye to the WNBA
The legendary basketball player accomplished much on the court and moved the political needle off the court.
September 6, 2022
Brittney Griner Is Facing 9 Years in a Russian Penal Colony. Where Is the Campaign to Free Her?
We should be stepping up our efforts to bring the WNBA superstar home. Instead we’re getting “out of sight, out of mind”—and it’s a disgrace.
August 23, 2022
Can Dennis Rodman Secure Brittney Griner’s Freedom?
The State Department failed the WNBA superstar, but maybe the cult of celebrity can succeed.
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August 2, 2022
By Attacking Brittney Griner, Trump Signals to His Base: “I’m Still Racist”
The former president is reconnecting with his fans by using an old playbook: demonize a Black athlete, lie about who they are, and reap the benefits.
August 1, 2022
Bill Russell Was a Revolutionary
The death of the basketball legend at 88 should remind us of his courage off the court.
July 22, 2022
Aliyah Boston Makes ESPN Look Small
Aliyah Boston showed that she doesn’t need the ESPYs—but the ESPYs desperately need her.
July 5, 2022
Brittney Griner’s Show Trial Begins
Russia is once again in the ugly business of “hostage diplomacy.”
June 28, 2022
The Growing Grassroots Movement to Free Brittney Griner
Amid protests and calls for government action, the Biden administration remains silent.