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A report cites the barriers to more diverse police departments.

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Our leader, Kevin Merida, and our colleague, Domonique Foxworth, spoke at a University of Maryland panel Wednesday night about Colin Kaepernick, the national anthem and the history of athletes protesting. If you missed it, here is the periscope of the panel.

Our friend Adam Aziz details the 1997 rookie card of one David Arias:

When he made his big-league debut, David Arias informed the Minnesota Twins: He preferred to go by the name “David Ortiz.” Little was known about David Arias when he debuted for the Minnesota Twins on Sept. 2, 1997. He’d toiled in the minor leagues for several years with Seattle Mariners Single A affiliate the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He joined the Twins as the “player to be named later” in a transaction between the two teams involving third baseman Dave Hollins. And while Ortiz didn’t actually change his legal name — it had always been David Américo Ortiz Arias; Arias is his mother’s last name — the choice for him to use Ortiz as the last name on his jersey was a way of reflecting his new direction, as well as a new lease on his career upon joining the Twins. The 1997 Fleer Ultra David Arias rookie card is considered by experts to be one of the pinnacle Ortiz cards. “Unlike today, where it’s hard to decide what card is the ‘rookie card,’ Ortiz’s career started in a simpler time. Donruss and Fleer were the only companies who made him a rookie card,” said Peter Leventhal of Boston’s Kenmore Collectibles. “Fleer labeled him Arias.”



Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.

Ryan Cortes is a staff writer for The Undefeated. Lemon pepper his wings.