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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca are joined by Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins to discuss athlete activism, race, and police violence. The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay then joins the show to assess the Tour de France and Chris Froome’s run up Mount Ventoux. Finally, they discuss the paltry pay for minor-league baseball players and what should be done about it.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Follow Hawkins on Twitter.
- Read a transcript of the interview with Andrew Hawkins.
- Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade spoke out about race relations and police violence at the ESPYs.
- Anthony posted on Instagram after the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.
- Hawkins took to Instagram as well to post about police brutality.
- Before an NFL game in 2014, Hawkins wore a shirt in support of Tamir Rice and John Crawford, then spoke passionately about why he felt compelled to take a stand.
- Rice’s mother said it was “quite sad” that LeBron James didn’t speak out about her son’s death.
- Hawkins takes classes at Columbia University and published articles about his career in the Players’ Tribune.
- Follow Jason Gay on Twitter and read his work in the Wall Street Journal.
- Gay wrote about cyclist Chris Froome running up a mountain during the Tour de France.
- In Slate, Laura Wagner wrote about Froome and other absurd Tour de France moments.
- French cycling fans don’t like Froome because he’s “too robotic,” claims Gregor Brown in Cycling Weekly.
- Froome also rides for cycling super-team Team Sky, which was created to dominate the competition.
- Froome’s panache may be on the rise after he punched a fan in the head.
- “Mechanical doping” is a new way cyclists can cheat, as a 19-year-old Belgian cyclist recently did.
- A bill proposed in June aimed to exclude minor-league baseball players from federal minimum wage and overtime protections.
- FanGraphs’ Jesse Burkhart explains the lawsuit filed by minor leaguers against Major League Baseball.
- Kevin Trahan wrote in Vice about MLB’s efforts to keep minor-league pay low.
- In Slate, Lucas Mann wrote about the paltry pay for minor-league baseball players.
- Also in Slate, Lily Rothman talked to Marvin Miller about why there’s no minor-league players union.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly casual babysitters:
Mike’s casual babysitter: Shohei Otani, who plays for Japan’s Nippon Ham Fighters, is one of baseball’s best-hitting pitchers.
Stefan’s casual babysitter: Jay Caspian Kang’s New York Times Magazine column on the “dark side” of American soccer culture was poorly reasoned and scantly supported.
Josh’s casual babysitter: Did NBA legend Nate Thurmond really hold Wilt Chamberlain scoreless?
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