Hope Solo's Redemption Tour Has Begun

The Women’s World Cup starts June 6, and, right on time, frequently-arrested USWNT keeper Hope Solo’s reclamation project is starting up, too. If you’re wondering why this campaign is happening, we have no answers for you; all we can do is point you to the first stop, a long, gushy, and somewhat confused ESPN profile. » 6/02/15 4:47pm 6/02/15 4:47pm

How Jason Whitlock Is Poisoning ESPN's "Black Grantland"

Two months ago, just after the end of a long holiday weekend, Jason Whitlock convened a morning meeting at the Los Angeles offices of his ESPN-backed black-interest site, The Undefeated, which is slated to go live this summer. Five days before, to coincide with the NBA All-Star Game, the site had introduced itself… » 4/27/15 4:05pm 4/27/15 4:05pm

Law & Order: SVU Aired That Ray and Janay Rice Episode

On Wednesday night, Law & Order: SVU ran their inevitable "ripped from the headlines" episode about Ray and Janay Rice's elevator incident, reproducing the initial conversations that many pundits, like ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, had when footage of the incident first surfaced. Did she provoke him? Was he was… » 11/20/14 3:20pm 11/20/14 3:20pm

[UPDATED] 11 Men and 0 Women on Tonight's ESPN Domestic Violence Panel

Tonight — finally! — ESPN is going to have an in-depth discussion on the NFL's domestic violence problem. The discussion will feature the opinions of up to 11 men and zero women, in a remarkable showing of the exact flavor of dumb meathead that ESPN is so adept at that it should trademark. » 9/29/14 11:00am 9/29/14 11:00am

Does The NFL Think Ray Rice's Wife Deserved It?

A week ago, we got news that the NFL had suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice two games for the events of Feb. 15, when he allegedly knocked then-fiancée Janay Palmer unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator. The punishment fell well outside the usual disciplinary regime of commissioner Roger… » 7/31/14 2:16pm 7/31/14 2:16pm

Meet The Lady Director Behind The Tonya Harding Doc, The Price of Gold

Tonight, ESPN is set to air a "30 for 30" documentary, The Price of Gold, which chronicles the Nancy Kerrigan–Tonya Harding scandal that rocked the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Vulture's Lindsey Weber has a pretty terrific interview with the documentary's director, Nanette Burstein, who previously helmed the… » 1/16/14 10:30pm 1/16/14 10:30pm

Don't Push Jameis Winston Too Far on That Rape Investigation Business

On Saturday, Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston helped his team win 45-7 against Duke University in the ACC championships. After the game, ESPN reporter Heather Cox used her interview with Winston to discuss the investigation into whether Winston was the perpetrator of a sexual assault coming to a… » 12/09/13 10:25am 12/09/13 10:25am

The Mostly Sexless Sex Scandal That Shook ESPN

A few hours after the 2009 Home Run Derby, Steve Phillips bought Brooke Hundley a drink. They were at the bar of St. Louis's Millenium Hotel, a block from Busch Stadium, where more than a dozen ESPN staffers had gathered after wrapping up another day's work during MLB's extended All-Star weekend. Hundley was a… » 6/06/13 1:32pm 6/06/13 1:32pm

First Look: Pro Athletes In Fine, Naked Form For ESPN Mag

As I watched Good Morning America today, did a spit-tale at the sight of a fully naked Apolo Ohno on the screen. (At 8:30am? Think of the children!) No, morning news had not gone risque for the day, as I'd hoped, I was merely looking at this preview of ESPN The Magazine's third annual "Body Issue." As is tradition,… » 10/05/11 4:00pm 10/05/11 4:00pm