you may have noticed that Audacy, along with many other outlets, didn’t churn out its usual volume of sports stories on Friday. Sure, there was talk of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals and Freddie Freeman’s long-awaited return to Atlanta, but it all felt hollow, an afterthought behind one of the most devastating Supreme Court decisions in recent memory. Although we all knew it was coming thanks to a leaked proposal that surfaced weeks ago, Friday’s ruling that officially overturned Roe v. Wade didn’t make it any easier to swallow.
It’s hard not to see the hypocrisy of the Supreme Court handing down its decision, removing, after 49 years of government protection, a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, a day after celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which granted women equal rights against gender discrimination in schools for decades. That bitter irony was not lost on Malika Andrews, who made history Thursday night as the first woman to host the NBA Draft.
Already one of the most visible female voices in sports, the 27-year-old used her ESPN platform for Friday’s twist, holding back tears as she read tweets from Sue Bird, Barack Obama, Josh Hart, the WNBA Players Association and others. expressing their frustration, utterly disheartened by the catastrophic failure of gender equality.
Yesterday, the sports world celebrated the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which outlawed gender discrimination in education, including sports. But today the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and declared that the constitutional right to abortion, respected for nearly half a century, no longer exists,” Andrews said on NBA Today. “In less than 24 hours, we celebrated equal rights for women and now we’re reacting to women’s reproductive rights being taken away.
Athletes – including Damien Harris, Kyle Long and Megan Rapinoe – have not been shy about voicing their outrage, bemoaning a broken system designed to destroy all the progress women have fought so hard for over the last century. With democracy under attack (Clarence Thomas now wants the Supreme Court to reconsider its stance on same-sex marriage), the reeling country is being divided by the day, and each fracture brings America closer to the tipping point. A crumbling empire finds itself at a crossroads, teetering between two identities, right and left, with America’s reckoning unfolding before our eyes. With so much tragedy and chaos to unpack, from the killing sprees in Uvalde and Buffalo to the heartbreaking disappointment of Friday’s Roe v. Wade ruling, it’s impossible to stick with the sport, with silence being interpreted as tacit approval.
While the NBA, WNBA, and NWSL have spoken out because they are determined to be on the right side of history, others, including the LPGA, have refused to take a stand and cooperated in the shameful betrayal of women’s rights.
For this to happen in the same week that the House Committee revealed its findings on the January 6 uprising, which threatened a peaceful transfer of power, shows how lost we are as a nation, a ridiculous ruse that is sinking to the bottom. There are things that can still unite us, but before America can truly heal, we must acknowledge how far we have fallen, warped beyond recognition by a compromised political climate that rewards greed, excess, and above all, power. at the expense of the people he represents.