ICYMI: Why America Doesn’t Deserve Sports Right Now

ICYMI: Why America Doesn’t Deserve Sports Right Now

By Tamryn Spruill “Come back, Maya!” Imani McGee-Stafford exclaimed during a call with me on Saturday, June 13. “Come back, Maya!” She was referring, of course, to Maya Moore: the WNBA star who called a temporary pause on her basketball career at the basketball-prime age of 29, just off the heels of winning her fourth WNBA championship in 2017 with the Minnesota Lynx. The future first-ballot Hall of Famer vowed to throw all of her energy into freeing Jonathan Irons: an African-American man from her home state of Missouri whom she believes was wrongly convicted. McGee-Stafford, like most WNBA fans, misses seeing Moore on the court. She also understands and respects the sacrifice Moore is making for a greater good. Her own decision to step away from basketball for two years to attend law school was influenced by “the blueprint” Moore laid down when she traded in a quest for game wins with a pursuit of legal victories on behalf of Irons and criminal justice reform generally. The 2020...

Why America Doesn’t Deserve Sports Right Now

Why America Doesn’t Deserve Sports Right Now

By Tamryn Spruill “Come back, Maya!” Imani McGee-Stafford exclaimed during a call with me on Saturday, June 13. “Come back, Maya!” She was referring, of course, to Maya Moore: the WNBA star who called a temporary pause on her basketball career at the basketball-prime age of 29, just off the heels of winning her fourth WNBA championship in 2017 with the Minnesota Lynx. The future first-ballot Hall of Famer vowed to throw all of her energy into freeing Jonathan Irons: an African-American man from her home state of Missouri whom she believes was wrongly convicted. McGee-Stafford, like most WNBA fans, misses seeing Moore on the court. She also understands and respects the sacrifice Moore is making for a greater good. Her own decision to step away from basketball for two years to attend law...