The New Yorker | Meet the Man Who Helped Zion Williamson and Trae Young Go Viral
The social-media personality Overtime Larry covers the next generation of N.B.A. superstars in a way that is aimed at young viewers instead of older sports buffs, serving as a proxy for fans who want to be friends with young athletes like Zion Williamson, Trae Young, and LaMelo Ball. https://www.newyorker.com/sports/sporting-scene/the-brooklyn-startup-helping-high-school-athletes-go-viral
VICE | The Death of NFL Star Will Smith
In this episode of Red Cards, a fender bender gets carried away, leading to the death of New Orleans Saints defensive end, Will Smith. The perpetrator claimed self defense, saying Smith was the aggressor. Renowned defensive end Will Smith was leaving the French Quarter Festival when security cameras show him lightly rear ending another vehicle. An altercation ensued, culminating in the other driver, Cardell Hayes firing shots at Smith and his wife, killing the retired football player. Smith family publicist, Lauren Renschler, called it “sick irony” that a New Orleans icon would die in the most typical New Orleans fashion - murder by gun violence. When Hayes was convicted, some rejoiced, while others wondered what would have happened if the roles were reversed, and “Saint Will” was the one claiming self defense. Presented by Ryot.
VICE | Basketball to Drug Trafficking: The Story of Pee Wee Kirkland
Richard “Pee Wee” Kirkland began playing basketball in the streets of Harlem when he was 9-years-old. By age 13, he split his time between playing ball and committing robberies to help finance a growing drug empire. In college, Kirkland was the 1968 MVP for Norfolk State, turning down an offer from UCLA to play alongside Kareem Abdul Jabaar. Kirkland was then drafted by the Chicago Bulls but turned down their offer when he realized he could make more money in the drug game than the basketball game. With law enforcement on his tail, Kirkland found himself behind bars twice between 1971 and 1988. From there, he made a change, becoming a motivational speaker and inspiring young, inner-city athletes to take a different path out than he did.