Howard Bryant


Howard Bryant on baseball legend Rickey Henderson

Howard Bryant is an author, sports correspondent for NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday and a senior writer for ESPN. In his new book, Rickey: The Life and Legend of an American Original, he looks at how Rickey Henderson's Oakland roots helped shape him into one of the greatest to ever play baseball.
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ESPN Senior Writer Howard Bryant on Race in Boston & American Sports

This week on “The Learning Curve,” co-host Gerard Robinson and guest co-host Kerry McDonald talk with Howard Bryant, a senior writer for ESPN and the author of nine books, including Full Dissidence: Notes From an Uneven Playing Field and The Heritage: Black Athletes, A Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism. Bryant shares how his experiences as a student, baseball fan, and sportswriter growing up in 1970s-era Boston have shaped his understanding of race relations and sports. He discusses celebrated American athletes who have broken barriers, from Jackie Robinson and Celtics legend Bill Russell to the Williams sisters and Tiger Woods. Bryant describes how these pioneering athletes were treated, and how they handled their celebrity status. He also offers thoughts on how the multi-billion-dollar professional sports industry is addressing larger racial disparities.
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Howard Bryant breaks down Brian Flores situation on KNBR

The biggest story emanating in the sports world is Brian Flores’ class-action lawsuit against the NFL, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants and Denver Broncos. The bombshell suit alleges racial hiring discrimination in addition to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offering Flores $100,000 for every game lost in 2019, the season in which Miami was tanking.

Q&A: Howard Bryant talks about the future of activism in sports

The author and longtime sports journalist discusses the role NBA players, like the Celtics' Jaylen Brown, had in reshaping the sports landscape through protest last year. A year ago last week, the shooting of Jacob Blake shook the sports world, bringing the NBA and WNBA playoff bubbles to a standstill as players protested by walking off the basketball court.