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At The Intersection of Sports and Culture

UGH: My Google Alerts On Sports And Sexual Assault Blew Up Today

I have a bunch of google alerts around sports and sexual assault. They pick stuff up every day, sometimes way off topic but always SOMETHING substantial. It’s depressing, to say the least. And I just don’t have time to write about it all. Today, I logged into my RSS reader where I aggregate all of my google alerts and I had so many hits and on so many different stories (often I get a bunch of hits but it’s the same story over and over again). So, here’s a taste of what I am reading about JUST within the last 24 hours: Brad Pitt To Produce A Movie About The

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The NCAA, Football Recruits, and Sexual Assault

A couple of weeks ago, a Wisconsin football recruit – Dominic Cizauskas – was charged with third-degree sexual assault for allegedly raping a woman on campus in December in her dorm room. He was initially arrested in early January (the charges, though, didn’t come until 3 days after Cizauskas played for Mukwonago’s high school basketball team in the WIAA state tournament in Madison – supposedly the timing had nothing to do with the tournament but rather the availability of Cizauskas’ attorney). Here is how ESPN summarizes what happened in December: According to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court, Cizauskas showed up at the accuser’s dorm room Dec. 14

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The Baltimore Ravens And Domestic Abuse, cont.

The day after I wrote my piece about the Baltimore Ravens “aggressively” supporting Ray Rice following his indict on third-degree aggravated assault charges against his fiancée, Janay Palmer, news broke that Rice and Palmer had married. The Ravens, on their site under the heading of “News”, wrote: Ray Rice and his fiancée Janay Palmer were married Friday night in a private ceremony, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The ceremony was one day after Rice was indicted on a third-degree aggravated assault charge stemming from a domestic violence incident between the couple. Rice and Palmer were both arrested in February after the altercation at an Atlantic City Casino, but a grand

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The Baltimore Ravens And Domestic Abuse

Here is a tweet today from the Baltimore Ravens: Here is what they included about Rice at the link in the tweet (emphasis mine): With Ray Rice facing a possible three to five years in prison after his indictment by a grand jury Thursday on third-degree aggravated assault, the Ravens quickly issued a statement supporting their running back. “This is part of the due process for Ray. We know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident,” the statement said. Even with increased charges from Rice’s initial arrest, the Ravens are standing by Rice the person, without condoning his actions. “They’re not just supporting Rice,” They’re aggressively doing so,”

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Darren Sharper and Denying Systemic Problems

[Content Note: rape, domestic violence] I’m going to let Dave Zirin introduce Darren Sharper: In 2010, Darren Sharper was the hero of New Orleans: an All-Pro safety who led the Saints to Super Bowl glory. Now retired and working for the NFL Network, Darren Sharper has been formally charged with multiple sexual assaults and is suspected to have raped at least nine women across five states. In California, he has been arrested and charged with drugging the drinks of two women before raping them. His bail was not only set at $1 million but Judge Renee Korn ordered that a condition of his release would be a legal agreement to not be alone

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Do Women Play Sports? According To The Covers Of Sports Illustrated, No, They Don’t.

2013: No. No female athletes appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2013. They were only the cover as fans, a model (Kate Upton in a swimsuit and once in a baseball uniform), and a police officer. No Brittney Griner or Diana Nyad. No Serena Williams (!!!!). 2012: Not really (there were 63 total covers in 2012). Kayla Harrison was only female athlete on cover and not in uniform. She is paired with a male athlete in a cover story on sexual abuse in sports. The Title IX anniversary issue had only words on the cover. Only other woman on a cover was Kate Upton on the Swimsuit cover. 2011: There was

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