Blog Posts by Eric Freeman

  • Reactions to Colin Kaepernick have brought Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf back into the public conversation about sports and activism. (Brian Barr/ Getty Images).
    Reactions to Colin Kaepernick have brought Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf back into the public conversation about sports and activism. (Brian Barr/ Getty Images).

    The NFL and sports world in general are currently in the midst of a controversy surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has decided not to stand during the national anthem in protest of a country that “oppresses black people and people of color.” Kaepernick’s political stand has proven divisive, receiving criticism from various corners of the sport and exposing many of the retrograde racial views and practices that the protest is intended to reveal. It’s a complicated issue that is unlikely to go away until Kaepernick chooses (or is made) to stop sitting.

    Historically minded sports fans may remember that the NBA dealt with a similar protest in February 1996, when Denver Nuggets Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (previously known as Chris Jackson) opted not to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in because the country’s

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  • Phil Jackson names his biggest mistake so far as Knicks president

    Phil Jackson shoots the breeze with bluesman James Dolan (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images).
    Phil Jackson shoots the breeze with bluesman James Dolan (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images).

    Phil Jackson has been the center of much media discussion since he took over as president of the New York Knicks in 2014. Every decision he makes regarding the team’s personnel is analyzed endlessly both for its impact on the Knicks’ future and his outlook on the sport as a whole. As one of the NBA’s best-ever coaches and a regular commentator on the state of the sport, Jackson’s moves carry an extra level of intrigue that others do not.

    However, all that analysis has largely overlooked what Jackson says has been his worst move during his 18 months with the Knicks. He revealed that regret during a discussion with his old friend Charley Rosen, now of Today’s Fastbreak:

    “I don’t consider hiring [Derek Fisher] a mistake because he worked hard and got the guys to stay as positive as possible while the losses piled up. I think the biggest mistake I made was actually this…One of the first deals I engineered

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