Hang Up and Listen

The Sha’Carri Richardson Did Nothing Wrong Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the American sprinter, Black women activists, and college athletes getting paid.


Episode Notes

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson’s marijuana suspension. Penn State professor Amira Rose Davis joins to discuss Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry and Black women activists in sports. And finally, a look at the first week of new name, image, and likeness rules in the NCAA.

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• Sha’Carri Richardson will miss the 100-meter dash in Tokyo after testing positive for marijuana at the U.S. Olympic trials.

• In Slate, Dan Kois asked, “Is Marijuana a Performance-Enhancing Drug?

In his newsletter, Range Report, David Epstein broke down misconceptions surrounding Richardson’s suspension and sports anti-doping policies.

Lindsay Crouse of the New York Times wrote that “we require extraordinary conduct from [athletes] in parts of their lives that have nothing to do with their sports.”

Follow Amira Rose Davis on Twitter and listen to the podcast she co-hosts, Burn It All Down.

After turning away from the flag during the national anthem at the Olympic trials, hammer thrower Gwen Berry was criticized by conservative media and members of Congress.

• Berry was punished by U.S. Olympic officials after a protest in 2019 but has since earned new sponsors and successfully lobbied to relax rules on protests.

• Black women athletes recently have been banned for their testosterone levels and prevented from wearing a particular kind of swim cap.

• Davis also talked about Berry on the Slate podcast A Word … With Jason Johnson.

• In Slate, Alex Kirshner chronicled the start of college athletes cashing in on their names, images, and likenesses.

Athletes signed a wide range of deals. LSU bought a billboard in Times Square and dubbed itself “NILSU.”

ESPN estimated that top college athletes could earn as much as $2 million a year in endorsement income.

• In Global Sports Matters, Patrick Hruby wrote that, thanks to social media, women athletes stand to gain the most from the new rules.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Matt Corral:

Stefan’s Matt Corral: A Myanmar national soccer team goalkeeper raised the three-finger salute from The Hunger Games to protest the country’s military dictatorship.

On this week’s bonus segment, Josh, Joel, and Stefan discuss whether Reggie Bush should get his Heisman Trophy back and talk about which college athletes from the past could have capitalized the most on their NIL rights.

Podcast production and edit by Justin D. Wright.

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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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