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Author Archive for Etan Thomas

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If athletes like Nick Bosa support Trump they should at least be honest

During my days as an NBA player, I found that teammates appreciated my views even when they disagreed with meIn a democracy, everyone has the right to support whomever they want. They also have the right to speak out on whatever cause they choose, no m…

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I’m glad Tiger won the Masters, but he’s no hero to the Black community | Etan Thomas

Tiger’s rejection of our community, like OJ Simpson before him, comes with a price. Black people can and do revel in the meaning of his extraordinary triumph, but we’re not cheering himMichael Jordan called it the greatest comeback he has ever seen. Af…

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Tom Izzo’s abuse of Aaron Henry was the act of a bully and a coward

The Hall of Fame coach has Michigan State back in the Final Four, but an unhinged outburst directed at his own player was a cowardly act with familiar echoesThe year was 1999 and I was at the USA Basketball men’s national team trials in Colorado Spring…

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Why black America is finally getting behind Duke basketball

The Blue Devils embodied everything black America hated during my playing career, but I came to learn that perception isn’t always reality. It feels like the culture is catching upGrowing up I loved the Fab Five. The freshman class of Chris Webber, Juw…

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When it comes to racially abusive fans, the NBA has a Utah problem

I weathered abuse in every arena during my NBA career. But as Russell Westbrook has learned, Utah is a different levelIf you’re even a casual observer of the NBA, you’ve definitely heard about the flare-up between Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Wes…