You’re not in the same league, Eddie

The big question for me this week has been: is there a bigger plonker on the planet than Eddie McGuire? Turns out there is. Meet ESPN sports commentator Stephen A. Smith, a bloke who makes Eddie, with his let’s-drown-a-female-journo-like-it’s-Salem-in-the-1600s, look like a feminist. When NFL star Ray Rice knocked out his partner in an Atlanta…

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How we enable men who beat women

Reader’s request: White Ribbon Day In 2006, the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team was on a road trip to Boston when pitcher Brett Myers was arrested on domestic violence charges. There were witnesses who saw Myers hit his wife in the face. But Myers was chosen to play just one day later because, as the team’s…

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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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