The NFL protests, Kevin Durant, and Atlanta United FC on Hang Up and Listen.

After a Weekend of Protest Against the President, Are Sports a Unified Force for Social Change?

After a Weekend of Protest Against the President, Are Sports a Unified Force for Social Change?

Slate's sports podcast.
Sept. 25 2017 5:16 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The U Bum Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NFL protests against Donald Trump, Kevin Durant’s psyche, and Atlanta’s hot new soccer team.

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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:

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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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