Loss, Love, and a Promise Kept

A child presented them with a choice. They talked about it. They made a decision. They followed through. It was, by almost any measure, a fairly ordinary act of parenting. Except for this: Josh is not their son.

Author: Sam Borden
Source: ESPN
Published: Nov 26, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,850 words)

The Wild Story of the NBA’s Most Unlikely Heist

How executive Jeff David stole $13 million from the Sacramento Kings.

Source: ESPN
Published: Nov 19, 2019
Length: 25 minutes (6,400 words)

The Unbreakable Bond

Over 17 years ago, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins’ mom Sabrina Greenlee went blind after her boyfriend’s jealous girlfriend tossed acid in her face. After the assault, Greenlee avoided attending her son’s games, fearing people staring at her disfigurement. Today, she never misses a Texans home game from her spot in the end zone, where Hopkins’ sisters whisper game color commentary into her ear.

Author: Mina Kimes
Source: ESPN
Published: Oct 16, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,642 words)

44 Years. 41 Allegations. Now the Past Is Catching Up.

“It’s like finding out the Wizard of Oz is only this guy behind the curtain, and instead of getting courage, a heart or a brain, you found out he was a child predator and abused you 40 years ago.”

Source: ESPN
Published: Aug 1, 2019
Length: 40 minutes (10,198 words)

The Family Vice

Tom Junod reflects on his father’s gambling habit: “…he made people think he was a gangster when really he was just a mark.”

Author: Tom Junod
Source: ESPN
Published: Jan 21, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,214 words)

Aly Raisman Takes the Floor

In her fight to end sexual abuse, the Olympic champion is challenging the very institutions she led to glory.

Author: Mina Kimes
Source: ESPN
Published: Jul 18, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,940 words)

Roger Goodell Has a Jerry Jones Problem, and Nobody Knows How It Will End

Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, elevated both his team and America’s sport to all-time highs, but in this age of athlete protests and declining owner influence, can an individual with Jones’ stature—and arrogance—exist within modern-day football? Inside the growing crisis between Jones, commissioner Roger Goodell, and the NFL.

Source: ESPN
Published: Nov 17, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,411 words)

Inside the ‘Tinderization’ of Today’s NBA

A compelling argument: Home teams are losing their advantage in the NBA because visiting players are partying less. ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh suggests players are using dating apps like Tinder to hook up without going to a club (and get more sleep), and they’re more serious about the detrimental effects of alcohol on physical performance.

Source: ESPN
Published: Apr 1, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,634 words)

The NBA’s Secret Addiction

On how the lowly peanut butter and jelly sandwich fuelled the 2007-08 Boston Celtics to an NBA title, becoming the sweet and salty stuff of superstitious sport legend that has since spread like an addiction across the league.

Source: ESPN
Published: Mar 21, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,386 words)

How Did the Lakers Get Here? The Inside Story of the Buss Drama

The Los Angeles Lakers’ president and owner, Jeanie Buss, is running the franchise the way she believes her father, Dr. Jerry Buss, intended, but off the court, the siblings who inherited stakes in the team from their father are playing some strong offense.

Source: ESPN
Published: Mar 8, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,731 words)