The trial of Erica Kinsman

In December 2012, Jameis Winston, then Florida State University’s star quarterback, had sex with fellow student Erica Kinsman. He claims it was consensual. She claims it was rape. He has never faced criminal charges or been required to respond to her claims. Her rape kit went unanalysed for almost a year and it took Tallahassee…

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The shame of Ooltewah High School

He was a 15-year-old kid playing in a holiday basketball tournament. Now he’s international news, not for his feats on the court but for what three of his teammates did to him off it. In a rented cabin where the team was staying in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, it’s alleged three of his Ooltewah High School teammates…

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Of mice and men

Last year, American footballer Greg Hardy assaulted his girlfriend. Nicole Holder told police he threw her in a bathtub, pulled her out by her hair, dragged her into the bedroom, choked her with both hands and threw her on a couch covered with guns and rifles. As if his actions didn’t speak loud enough, he…

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A college education in how to hit a woman

Foul Play: Edition 6 This is Florida State University player De’Andre Johnson, 19, hitting a woman in the face at a bar. It cost him his place in the university football program. As it should. Days later, his teammate Dalvin Cook, also 19, was charged after allegedly punching a woman multiple times outside a bar….

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Men say the darndest things about women’s sport

Foul Play: Edition 5 The FIFA Women’s World Cup has been a cracking tournament and a revelation for many sports fans. It has also been an invitation, apparently, for some pretty base commentary about women’s sporting abilities. On ESPN, for instance, Stephen A. Smith had a theory as to why Germany’s defenders failed to stop a…

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The assault we all saw that never happened

Foul Play: Edition 4 We’ve all seen the footage. First there was the video of the star footballer dragging his fiancee from a casino elevator and dropping her on the carpet like a sack of spuds. Weeks later, we were shown what transpired in the elevator, the thrust of Ray Rice’s fist that rendered Janay…

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Don’t indulge this monster

Foul Play: Edition 3 Mariah Carey had a selfie taken last week. No surprises there. It’s every self-respecting celebrity’s stock in trade. But this one was with a serial abuser of women. Which seems an odd choice for someone who has lived the hell of an abusive relationship. Except, Floyd Mayweather is the world’s highest…

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Golf Digest way out of bounds

Foul Play: Edition 2 The latest Golf Digest features golf pro Lexi Thompson on the cover. Excellent, you think, that’s a shot in the arm for women’s sport. Before you get too excited, take a look. That’s Thompson in the bottom left hand corner, naked from the waist up save for a strategically placed gym…

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Introducing Foul Play

Reading through a multitude of sports stories each day, there’s one thing I can always find in the news feed that shouldn’t be there. Among the match reports and the on-field highs and lows, there will invariably be a story about an alleged assault by a sportsman, coach or spectator against a woman, women, girl…

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Ray Rice not his wife’s only abuser

Had it not been for some timely video footage, Ray Rice would now be free to play for the Baltimore Ravens. Fans would be lining up to buy his shirt and get his autograph. News website TMZ put an end to those plans. It released footage of Rice knocking out his now wife Janay in…

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“I don’t condone violence against women… but…”

“Now look, I don’t condone violence against women…” When someone says those words, it’s a good idea to brace yourself for some idiocy to follow. Because all too often, they don’t stop there. There’s a pause, then a ‘but’, then the insertion of a size 12 foot in an equally large gob. There has been…

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