Hang Up and Listen

The Jon Gruden’s Emails Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Raiders coach, Ricardo Pepi, and the WNBA playoffs.


Episode Notes

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk with Slate’s Alex Kirshner about the racist, sexist, and homophobic emails written by now-former NFL head coach Jon Gruden. Writer Roberto José Andrade Franco joins to discuss Mexican-American soccer star Ricardo Pepi. Finally, Chantel Jennings of the Athletic breaks down the WNBA playoffs.

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Follow Alex Kirshner on Twitter and read his Slate story, “Jon Gruden Is the NFL.”

• Gruden resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after the New York Times revealed a series of homophobic and misogynistic remarks written in emails over seven years.

• Earlier, the Wall Street Journal reported a Gruden email that used vile racist tropes to describe the executive director of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith.

• Gruden’s remarks were discovered in a cache of 650,000 emails that were part of an investigation of the toxic workplace culture at the Washington Football Team.

• Bomani Jones’ The Right Time episode on Gruden.

Follow Roberto José Andrade Franco on Twitter and read his ESPN story, “The unstoppable dreams of USMNT prodigy Ricardo Pepi.”

• Eric Betts wrote in Slate about Pepi scoring three goals in his first two appearances for the United States men’s national team, wins over Jamaica and Honduras.

• Julián Araujo told the Athletic’s Felipe Cardenas why he chose to represent Mexico rather than the United States. David Ochoa wrote about making the same decision on the Players’ Tribune.

Follow Chantel Jennings on Twitter.

• In the Athletic, Jennings wrote about the Chicago Sky’s 91-77 win over the Phoenix Mercury in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals and explained the league’s travel and arena woes.

• Read Kavitha A. Davidson’s story in the Athletic, “The WNBA shouldn’t have to fight for respect in 2021.”

• Possible GOAT Candace Parker left the Los Angeles Sparks after 12 years to play with her hometown team, the Sky.

• Jennings wrote about whether Sue Bird of Seattle will retire and ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss wrote about whether Diana Taurasi of Phoenix will do the same.

• The Atlanta Dream will not re-sign two players involved in a brawl outside a food truck in the summer. Dream co-owner Renee Montgomery said the team knew about the fight shortly after it happened.

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On this week’s bonus segment, Stefan, Josh, and Alex Kirshner talk about Texas A&M’s 41-38 upset win over Alabama.

Podcast production and edit by Kevin Bendis.

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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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