Gramling, Gary, et al. “There's No Credible Reason Why Colin Kaepernick Isn't on a Week 1 NFL Roster.” SI.com, Sports Illustrated, 8 Sept. 2017, www.si.com/nfl/2017/09/08/colin-kaepernick-week-1-nfl-roster-not-signed.
Dickey’s piece on Colin Kaepernick brings light not only to the issue surrounding him, but a larger problem concerning minority athletes being mistreated based on bias and racial undertone. Kaepernick, who was released from the San Francisco 49’ers in the spring offseason of 2017, remains unsigned to an NFL team despite his status as a battle-proven quarterback. Many sports sources and NFL affiliates have made the argument that Kaepernick doesn’t fit in the day’s modern NFL due to his skillset, but he would objectively benefit almost any team that has had need for a QB, thus raising the question as to whether his “controversial” political stance and kneeling during the national anthem is the real question.
I believe this article is beneficial to my main piece on racism and bias with minority athletes. Kaepernick’s case has been the hot sports story for months, mainly to the injustice he has endured and also the awareness his cause brings towards, being the crimes committed towards black individuals that go unsatisfyingly punished (namely, Treyvon Martin, etc.)
Reilich, Gabriel. “Frequency of Hard Fouls on Jeremy Lin Raise Suspicion of Racial Bias Among NBA Officials.” GOOD Magazine, Dick's Sporting Goods, 20 July 2017, sports.good.is/articles/jeremy-lin-flagrant-fouls.
A fan-made video was made showcasing NBA player Jeremy Lin suffering from various hard fouls in NBA games, including how Lin, of Chinese descent, drives to the rim as frequently as the league’s most respected All-Stars, yet receives very little foul calls in comparison. In addition, the video highlights many flagrant and harmful fouls committed to Lin that go either uncalled or given a common foul. The fan asked the NBA to bring attention to the matter and wished for Lin’s wellbeing to be taken into consideration.
The film highlights how there can potentially be a racial influence in how fouls are called in the NBA, which is yet another aspect of how racism and bias run rampant in today’s sports world with minority athletes. Given how the majority of NBA players are black, players like Lin seem to be at a disadvantage based on this video.
Rapaport, Michael. “LeBron James Responds to Donald Trump's Tweet Rescinding Stephen Curry's White House Invite.” Sports Illustrated, 23 Sept. 2017, www.si.com/nba/2017/09/23/lebron-james-respond-donald-trump-stephen-curry-white-house.
Rapaport’s article covers Cleveland Cavalier’s superstar LeBron James and his tweet criticizing President Donald Trump, who withdrew his invitation to the Golden State Warriors who had won the 2017 NBA Finals. Typically a tradition to invite champion teams to the White House, Trump went to Twitter to withdraw his invitation after Warriors star Steph Curry discussed how the team felt uncomfortable going with Trump in office, to which James tweeted “U bum!” and such, referring to Trump.
I believe this piece is important not only to the sports portion, but how this piece highlights a much larger piece of the racial issue in American sports and America. Trump has been known for his racially insensitive comments and views, and having an individual at the helm of a country with such views can encourage said behavior in his subordinates and denizens.
Hannable, Ryan. “Tom Brady on K&C: 'I Certainly Disagree with What [Donald Trump] Said'.” WEEI, 25 Sept. 2017, www.weei.com/blogs/ryan-hannable/tom-brady-kc-i-certainly-disagree-what-donald-trump-said.
Ryan Hannable’s piece discusses President Trump’s comments pertaining to the peaceful protests occurring in the NFL, and Patriot’s QB Tom Brady, who had been known to be friends with Trump, and his comments. Trump had voiced his opinion against the protests and wished NFL owners would fire players that protested, similar to Colin Kaepernick. Brady, however, stood in support of his teammates and colleagues around the league who protested.
This article again reveals a flaw in American society pertaining the American President and racism. President’s Trumps comments set the precedent for future racial input, and discourage activism against it, which I believe is a key flaw in the rise of racism.