Hang Up and Listen

The What Happened to Freddy Adu? Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NBA, sexual misconduct allegations at LSU, and Freddy Adu.

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Episode Notes

Joel Anderson and Josh Levin are joined by Yahoo’s Seerat Sohi to talk about the latest NBA transactions. Jessica Luther then joins Joel, Josh, and Stefan Fatsis to discuss Yahoo’s investigation into LSU’s mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations. Finally, Grant Wahl comes on to talk about American Prodigy, his new podcast on soccer phenom Freddy Adu.

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Follow Seerat Sohi on Twitter.

• The latest news on NBA free agency and trades.

• Sohi’s piece for Yahoo Sports on the sadness of Klay Thompson’s latest season-ending injury.

Follow Jessica Luther on Twitter. Luther co-hosts the podcast Burn It All Down and is the co-author, with Kavitha Davidson, of Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back.

• Read USA Today’s investigation and follow-up stories by Luther, Nancy Armour, and Kenny Jacoby into LSU’s failures to investigate sexual misconduct allegations against football players and other students.

• Luther also has reported on sexual assault at Baylor and Texas A&M, and is the author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape.

Follow Grant Wahl on Twitter and listen to his new podcast series about Freddy Adu, American Prodigy.

• By the time he was 14, Adu had dazzled in the under-17 world championship, filmed a soft-drink commercial with Pele, and been profiled by 60 Minutes.

• In Sports Illustrated, Wahl profiled Adu at 13 and 14 years old. He also wrote the magazine’s 2002 cover story about a 17-year-old LeBron James.

Stefan wrote about the young Adu for the Wall Street Journal.

• In the Washington Post, Steven Goff chronicled the marketing whirlwind of Adu’s first professional season.

• Last month, Adu signed to play with a third-division team in Sweden.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly JoJos:

Joel’s JoJo: Corner Canyon High School won a Utah state football championship. It was also featured in the New York Times after having a COVID outbreak.

On this week’s bonus segment, Joel and Josh talk about Taysom Hill’s debut as the New Orleans Saints’ starting quarterback.

Podcast production and edit by Melissa Kaplan.


About the Show

A weekly sports discussion show from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate personalities Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin.

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