Four women join us to talk about sports, mostly football. Two of them are sports journalists. A third is a journalist specializing in legal issues, and a fourth is a scientist and engineer.
It's a terrible time right now in football. Stories about the NFL suppression of scientific evidence related to concussions were driven out by an especially putrid form of bullying in the Miami Dolphins locker room, which were driven out by the story of a former NFL defensive back now under investigation for drugging and raping seven women in four states, which was driven out by videos of a running back dragging his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator after allegedly punching her in a casino.
When journalists, especially women journalists, try to write about this, they're often bullied by fans and blogs. Can this sport, and normal people, share the planet together?
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- Emily Bazelon is a senior editor at Slate and is the author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
- Megan Greenwell is a senior editor for features at ESPN the Magazine
- Ainissa Ramirez is a scientist, “science popularizer” and co-author of Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game
- Pam Ward is a play-by-play announcer for ESPN