(S)Cam Newton dabbed his way into our hearts last year. We couldn’t get enough of the young athlete and his willingness to be what we interpreted as unapologetically Black.We enjoyed the spectacle, and quite frankly, the audacity. In late 2015, Newton, a Panthers quarterback, received an unexpected letter from a Tennessee mom who unlike much of the Black community, wasn’t impressed with Newton at all. As a matter of fact, she was pissed, calling the player “arrogant” and a “spoiled brat.” It was strange to say the least.
“I was like, ‘Whatever,'” Lochte told a reporter as he recounted the alleged robbery that he and his teammates had just experienced. He told the “thieves” who’d demanded that he get on the ground, that he wasn’t going to-he “didn’t do anything wrong.” A gun was pointed at his head. In the days that followed, several media outlets put out stories about how this “brazen” robbery had “shaken” the Olympic community. Most of us were willing to take the story at face value. After all, we had no reason to think he’d lie. Lochte’s a U.S. Olympian who had just won gold-no way he’d stretch the truth. Right?
Steph and Ayesha Curry met at the Central Church of God in Charlotte, North Carolina when they were teens. They’re like the Cosby family of professional sports. By the grace of God, they’ve managed to stay scandal free throughout Curry’s amazing career. Ayesha Curry spends her free time making fresh squeezed lemonade and baking cakes with their adorable daughter, Riley (who may or may not be more famous than both of them combined). This week, however, the Internet was ready for a scandal. They’d had enough of this picture perfect family, doing the right thing, and winning in every way possible. They wanted the DIRT.
BOOM. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better for Serena Williams this year, I wake up to this incredibly alluring Sports Illustrated cover. It’s her-Queen Serena, sprawled out on a throne-where she obviously belongs-decked out in all black everything, staring at us with those pensive eyes, her expression screaming “You damn right.” Who better to be named “Sportsperson of the Year” than the reigning champ-Ms. Serena JAMEKA Williams? Let’s be honest, she serves both on and OFF the court. The cover is evidence of this.
Serena Williams is a woman of many talents. She’s the number one female athlete in the world, she has her own fashion line, she’s a spokesperson, she’s a model, and now, she’s an editor over at WIRED. Never afraid to speak up for herself and others, Serena’s latest essay tackles issues of race, gender and equality in the digital age. Click below to read!
So I fell in love with Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks last year when he basically told everybody to kiss his ass. His thing was, look, I already put my body on the line every day for you people, why should I have to talk when I don’t want to? And I feel him. That’s not everybody’s “thing” you know? Eventually, Lynch started to rack up fines and ultimately agreed to talk to the press, usually still saying very little. “I’m just here so I won’t get fined”, was one of his epic responses at the height of all of this. And now, some branding/marketing genius over at Pepsi has come up with a commercial specifically for Mr. Marshawn Lynch, himself. I don’t know about you guys, but I think they should’ve saved this one for the Super Bowl.
Last night, the greatest tennis player in the world played the greatest tennis player in the world. It was something to see. Serena Williams went up against her big sister Venus in one of the best tennis matches I’ve ever laid eyes on. Serena ended up taking the win, but let’s be clear–Venus made her earn EVERY. SINGLE. POINT. But while the rest of us sat in front of our televisions in awe, watching history unfold right before our very eyes, the people over at Forbes were sitting at their computers being shady.
We’ve seen it before. A lot of athletes are awesome on the court, but really shitty people off the court. But that doesn’t apply to Mr. Lebron James. Not only is he one of the greatest people to ever pick up a basketball, but apparently, he’s also one of the greatest people to ever walk the earth.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is saying “No way Jose” to participation trophies for his sons, and I for one, don’t blame him. While I’m sure he’ll get his fair share of negative comments from parents who all probably still have every trophy and certificate they’ve ever received, I stand behind the guy 100%