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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and guest panelist Marcus Thompson of the Athletic assess the remarkable weekend of protests in the National Football League prompted by President Trump’s incendiary remarks on players kneeling during the national anthem. They also talk about Kevin Durant’s intemperate Twitter comments about his old team, and the Golden State Warriors star’s complicated psyche. Finally, Stefan talks to soccer commentator and former U.S. national team player Marcelo Balboa about the ascent of Atlanta United FC, which recently drew more than 70,000 fans to a game.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Follow Marcus Thompson on Twitter, read his work in the Athletic, and buy his book, Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry.
- Donald Trump was rebuked nationwide by hundreds of NFL players and other athletes.
- Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and retired wide receiver Anquan Boldin explained their detailed campaign for racial equality and criminal justice reform.
- A Slate roundup of reaction to Trump's comments.
- Jelani Cobb of the New Yorker wrote about the subtext of the NFL protests.
- LeBron James called Trump “U bum.” The tweet quickly generated nearly 1.5 million likes.
- After Stephen Curry said he didn’t want to visit the White House, Trump pre-emptively disinvited his NBA championship team, the Golden State Warriors.
- The Warriors’ Kevin Durant dissed his old team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, on Twitter in the third person.
- Durant apologized at a tech conference in San Francisco.
- The insoles of Durant’s new Nike sneakers list old snubs and his NBA Finals MVP stats.
- On the Athletic’s new podcast Plus/Minus, Marcus and Tim Kawakami discussed Durant’s insecurity.
- Follow Marcelo Balboa on Twitter.
- Major League Soccer expansion team Atlanta United FC drew a league record 70,000 fans to a game.
- The new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, also was designed with soccer in mind.
- MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Atlanta United is the “team of the year” across sports.
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On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, former U.S. men’s national team defender Marcelo Balboa discusses the current team’s precarious World Cup qualifying position and his 1994 team’s faux-denim jerseys (which Alan Siegel wrote about in Slate in 2014).
Podcast production and edit by Patrick Fort.
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