03: Sportswriter Dave Zirin on justice for Michael Bennett

03: Sportswriter Dave Zirin on justice for Michael Bennett

We talk to The Nation’s sports editor, Dave Zirin, about NFL player Michael Bennett’s new book Things That Make White People Uncomfortable and the outrageous and false charges made against him by the Houston police department. Dave talks about why the case “stinks to high heaven” and Bennett’s long history of standing for social justice.

But first, Jen and Danny, with their producer Eric Ruder, talk about Trump’s new cabinet of zombie warmongers and what it means for the increasingly dangerous world we live in.

For more information on things we touched on in this episode, you can check out the links below:

 

  • You can purchase Michael Bennett’s book at bit.ly/BennettBook.

  • Jessica Brand has raised important questions about the connections between Bennett’s outspoken response to his mistreatment by Las Vegas police and the current charges. You can read her report at bit.ly/InjusticeTodayBennett.

  • Last fall, Slate published a great article about the Las Vegas police department’s smearing of Bennett, which you can read at bit.ly/SlateBennett

  • For more on Trump’s war cabinet, read Ashley Smith’s article at SocialistWorker.org on Trump’s Cabinet of Horrors at bit.ly/SWTrumpCabinet. And for more historical context, you can also read Smith’s four-part series about the 2003 war on Iraq at bit.ly/SWIraqSeries.

  • To find Dave Zirin’s interview with Michael Bennett in Seattle, go to his Edge of Sports podcast “Michael Bennett LIVE in Seattle.”

  • Watch the video played after the first timeout during the March 25 game between the Sacramento Kings and the Boston Celtics of some of the NBA's biggest stars demanding justice for Stephon Clark.

  • And Lupe Fiasco’s “American Terrorist” was the intro to the statement by Michael Bennett that opened our segment with Dave Zirin.