Leather has been a symbol of strength in the gay community since the ‘40s.
Baron Davis and ESPN’s Cari Champion. Photo courtesy of Baron Davis/BIG Power Summit.
Two-time NBA All-Star Baron Davis prides himself on his ability to make connections. After a career as a clutch point guard for the Charlotte Hornets, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the New York Knicks, Davis has taken his drive to a new arena, becoming a successful serial entrepreneur and passionate social impact advocate.
When you think of Iceland what comes to mind?
Roughly 10,500 athletes will vie for 126 medals at this summer’s Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. And despite full-time training and travel schedules, many athletes on the U.S. team live close to the poverty line. Team USA estimates that the average American Olympian earns $20,000 a year.
That might be because, unlike other nations, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) receives no government funding. It still pays bonuses to medalists—$25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for bronze. But that’s pocket change compared to Italy or the Ukraine, which pay $182,400 and $100,000 for gold, respectively. Plus, the IRS takes a hefty cut: about $9,000 for a gold medal.
Oh, did you hear? Former ace pitcher and current ESPN analyst Curt Schilling finally got fired yesterday for an anti-trans meme that went up on his Facebook page. And we say “finally” because the network has seemed to look the other way with Schilling for years now, despite the fact that he can’t stop putting his corporeal foot as well as his digital one in his mouth—a trend of personal idiocy intersecting with institutional cowardice that has become commonplace at the media giant specifically, and in professional sports generally.