Why this matters
It's been five years since Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the national anthem, and 17 years since the infamous Pistons-Pacers brawl which has been recently retold through the Netflix documentary, "Untold: Malice at the Palace," but one thing remains true even today - the tension between White spectators and Black athletes.
On this episode, hosts Kenneth L. Shropshire of the Global Sport Institute and William C. Rhoden of ESPN's The Undefeated delve into the five-year anniversary of Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem and connect the thread of tension between Kaepernick and White fans to the 17-year anniversary of the infamous Pacers-Pistons brawl retold on Netflix's documentary: Untold: Malice at the Palace. The two also discuss J.R. Smith's return to college as a student athlete on the golf team at North Carolina A&T.
'Sport Matters' episodes arrive once per month to the Global Sport Matters podcast. From academia to media, Ken and Bill discuss the edges of sport, unpacking race and culture beyond the game.
About the hosts:
Professor Kenneth L. Shropshire is CEO of the Global Sport Institute and the adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport at Arizona State University. He took on this current leadership role following a 30-year career as an endowed full professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
William C. Rhoden is a columnist and Editor-at-Large for The Undefeated, ESPN’s news site about sports, race, and culture. He is the curator of the Rhoden Fellows and is also the author of several books, including 40 Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete. Before joining The Undefeated, Rhoden wrote an award-winning sports column for the New York Times and appeared as a guest on ESPN’s Sports Reporters for nearly 30 years. Rhoden began his journalism career as a news reporter at the Baltimore Afro American Newspaper. He was a senior editor with Ebony Magazine and then a columnist and jazz critic for the Baltimore Sun. Rhoden attended Morgan State University in Baltimore where he majored in English.
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