The hottest piece of news lately – and thank the Lord is is good news- is that the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) that govern the worldwide rules and polices of the sport, finally rescinded their ban on headcoverings. The uniform rule 4.2.2 previously stated that any type of headgear that Muslim women, and Sikh or Jewish men choose to wear, was not acceptable due to safety concerns. Despite the fact that there was never any concrete evidence or cases to prove that that it was dangerous. After almost four years battling the federation, FIBA’s congress ratified the changes and as of October 1, 2017 ballers from all communities can go hard after their hoop dreams.
In a move that can only be labeled a spineless attempt to be non-political, the Louisiana State University athletic department sent an email to student-athletes stating that they were not permitted to wear any LSU clothing if they decided to protest or publicly speak about the Department of Justice’s decision not to prosecute two white police officers who murdered Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge last year. Remaining non-political is increasingly not an option at the Pro level but seems colleges are trying to ‘stick to sports’ still.
ESPN announced the layoffs of more than 100 throughout the company. These cuts sent ripples through sports media. There was genuine concern for incredibly accomplished sport journalists and anchors, as well as clapbacks to ridiculous theories on why the sports media giant was letting go of such tremendous talent. We wish those nothing but success in their new endeavors.
Jane Meyer made history when she won 1.43 million dollars in a lawsuit against her former employer, the University of Iowa. Meyer was released from her duties as senior associate director of athletics in 2014. She claims she was fired because her boss at the time, athletic director Gary Barta, found out she is gay and she often spoke about gender inequality in the department.
16 year-old Amaiya Zafar made history by being the first woman in the history of the USA to be allowed to enter the boxing ring while wearing a headscarf. Zafar had been ejected from previous bouts for her attempt to box while wearing her Islamic headdress. USA Boxing has given her special permission to box in her region in Minnesota until the international federation (AIBA) makes a decision about their exclusionary policy that keeps fighters from the sport they love.