Here are the news stories The Sport Lobby followed this week.
Via The Dallas Morning News: DeSoto High School football coach Todd Peterman led his team to a perfect season and a state championship. So why was the school board considering firing him? The community’s hunch? Race. The board ultimately decided against firing him, but this follow up from Loyd Brumfield details the board’s long deliberation and the DeSoto community’s lingering questions.
Via GOOD Sports: “When Mack Beggs won the Texas high school state wrestling championship in March, an uproar ensued,” writes Jeremy Repanich. Beggs was born female but is in the process of transitioning genders. He destroyed the boys state wrestling competition and now the Texas legislature is trying to destroy any shot he or any other transgender students have at competing in UIL sports.
Via ESPN: Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin went on a teammate’s podcast to discuss how he’s overcome racism at the collegiate and professional basketball levels. Lin said he endured constant racist statements during his NCAA days, but the NBA has been much more accepting.
Via PFT: Mike Florio analyzes Disney CEO Robert Iger’s statement that ESPN’s recent layoffs are “not that significant.”
From the Field
- The San Antonio Spurs knocked off the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals. They face the Golden State Warriors in the conference championship.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins ousted the Washington Capitals in round two of the NHL playoffs. The Capitals’ playoff woes and Stanley Cup drought continue. It’s been 17 seasons since the team appeared in the finals.
- The Houston Astros own the MLB’s best record (24-11) after downing the New York Yankees behind pitcher Dallas Keuchel‘s memorable performance.
President Trump’s NBC Interview
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