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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Deadspin’s release of photos from the Greg Hardy domestic violence case and Hardy’s continued employment by the Dallas Cowboys. Slate’s chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie also joins to talk about Missouri football players’ decision to boycott all team activities after a series of racially motivated incidents on campus. And they interview filmmaker Jonathan Hock about The Gospel According to Mac, a new documentary about Colorado football coach and Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- The week in whimsy: Rex Ryan trolling and Cam Newton not getting his ball.
- Deadspin’s Diana Moskovitz uncovered photos of Greg Hardy’s assault on his ex-girlfriend.
- The NFL reportedly saw the photos months ago, but the Dallas Cowboys did not.
- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has called Hardy a “leader,” and he continued to support him after the photos were released.
- ESPN’s Ian O’Connor says it’s time to put financial pressure on the Cowboys’ sponsors.
- In October, Hardy got very angry on the sidelines.
- ESPN reported that the Cowboys cut running back Joseph Randle due to “[f]ailing production, off-field incidents, and pending NFL discipline.”
- Bob Costas says Roger Goodell is not at fault for Hardy’s presence in the NFL.
- Hardy’s 10-game suspension was reduced to four by an NFL arbitrator.
- Jason Cole reported on Hardy’s draft stock in 2010.
- Tim Wolfe, the president of the University of Missouri system, resigned on Monday in the face of student protests.
- The New York Times’ Marc Tracy and Ashley Southall on the Missouri football’s boycott of team activities.
- The Columbia Missourian’s timeline of racial incidents on campus and reporting on how football players got involved.
- Jamelle Bouie’s Slate piece, “How Ferguson Changed America.”
- Missouri coach Gary Pinkel announced that he supports the players.
- An anonymous white player told ESPN that not everyone supports the boycott.
- Athletes brought to light racist incidents at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Illinois.
- The New York Times’ on the history of black athletes and social justice.
- The Nation’s Dave Zirin writes that “Missouri football players are showing just how powerful their labor is.”
- Hock Films’ The Gospel According to Mac on Colorado football coach Bill McCartney.
- Reviews of The Gospel According to Mac by Awful Announcing and the A.V. Club.
- A 2009 ESPN feature by Tom Friend on the death of Colorado quarterback Sal Aunese, and the football career of Aunese’s son, T.C. McCartney.
- Rick Reilly’s 1989 Sports Illustrated piece on arrests of Colorado football players.
- Friend on Colorado’s fifth-down victory over Missouri.
- McCartney founded the Christian men’s group Promise Keepers.
- In 1992, McCartney called gay people “an abomination against almighty God.”
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Carl Snavelys:
Mike’s Carl Snavely: What’s a qualifying offer? No baseball player has ever taken one!
Josh’s Carl Snavely: Do you have what it takes to be a Ralphie handler?
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