Agency, order and sport in the age of Trump: Andrew McGregor on Jim Thorpe, Jack Johnson, and the sporting middle ground (and more). Eric Allen Been interviews Gerald Germs on how athletes visiting the White House became a political flashpoint. Why Donald Trump likes Mike: For Trump, Michael Jordan represents the ideal black athlete — apolitical. LeBron James, the most important athlete in America, explained: Dylan Scott on how the world’s best basketball player became a political force for racial justice. LeBron James and the NBA teach us a lot about labor in America. Championship inequality in major league sports looks a lot like income inequality in the U.S. economy. Nancy LeTourneau on a non-sports fan’s take on politics and sports.

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