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What Had Happened Was: 7/25/16

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Two and half years after winning his last tournament, Gael Monfils ended his title drought with a win in the Citi Open final on Sunday in Washington, D.C. It’s his sixth ATP singles trophy and his first ATP 500 championship.

During his acceptance speech, Monfils discussed his inspiration, Arthur Ashe, and how excited he is to have his name on the same awning as the tennis legend.


A rumor got ignited recently (thanks to former Philadelphia 76ers forward Jayson Williams going on a Vice Sports podcast) that Sir Charles Barkley used to do the unthinkable and unspeakable: He’d heckle his Sixers teammates while riding a stationary bike — and eating McDonald’s!

Amazing. It’s the kind of story that really couldn’t sound any more like Barkley, and give credit to the big fella: This weekend on SportsCenter, he didn’t shy away or deny this rumor. No, no, no. He embraced it and owned it and confirmed it for the world to see:

Barkley had a strong relationship with McDonald’s while in Philadelphia. This is what Rick Mahorn once remembered about his time alongside Barkley:

“We were in practice and Barkley walks in and sits down. I think he had an Egg McMuffin or something like that,” said Mahorn, one of Barkley’s closest teammates. “Everybody else was ready to practice, he was in street clothes and Jimmy Lynam, the [Sixers] coach at the time, told him, ‘Look, Charles, you gotta practice.’ He said, ‘Jimmy, what you want? You want it now, or you want it for the game?’ And Jimmy said, ‘F—— Charles, I want it every f—— day.’ ”


Two Austin police officers are now under investigation after the the violent arrest of Breaion King — one officer for throwing the black elementary school teacher to the ground (twice) after he pulled her over for driving 15 mph over the speed limit, and the other regarding his comment that white people, himself included, are afraid of black people because of their “violent tendencies.”

The video of the June 2015 incident was released to the Austin American-Statesman and KUVE-TV last week, and then pushed on social media. King was charged with resisting arrest, but a Travis County attorney dismissed the case after examining the dashcam footage.

An administrative review has been opened against the two officers, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, who is Hispanic, said. Because the incident happened more than six months ago, Acevedo can’t do more than a written reprimand.

“I’m sorry that in the day you were stopped for going 15 mph, you were … treated in a manner that is not consistent with the expectations of this police chief, of most of the officers of this department and most importantly, of all of us as human beings,” Acevedo said to the Austin American-Statesman.


After 35 years, New York Times sports columnist William Rhoden is retiring.

The man with autism who Charles Kinsey tried to retrieve is now, according to his family, “traumatized” after watching Kinsey be shot by a police officer.

CNN contributor Donna Brazile will take over as the Democratic National Committee interim chair after Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation. The former vice chair will hold the position through the election.

According to former NBA player Jason Williams, “No one wanted [Charles Barkley’s] ass on their team because he was a loser.”

WNBA President Lisa Borders has withdrawn the fines imposed on teams and players for wearing anti-violence shirts during pregame warmups.


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Our brother Marc J. Spears sat down with USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo to better understand his upbringing and the experiences that shaped him:

What type of environment did you grow up in as kid in Chicago?

Coming from a poor Italian ethnic community, which was Hungry Hill in Chicago Heights, everybody went to work with a lunch bucket. They worked in steel mills, foundries, textile factories. That’s the kind of environment I grew up in. My grandfather, who was an Italian immigrant, built a house out of the remnants of two railroad boxcars, and some additional lumber. It was a small house, two levels, some small stairs. That’s where I lived. My office later on in life was bigger than the space I grew up in. It was a tough neighborhood on the other side of the tracks and the tracks were right there. And I used to think as a kid, ‘How do you get on the other side?’ That used to go through my mind. I don’t know why, but I learned … Whoever I am, I got that foundation right there in that neighborhood. I saw what hard work was all about, what family was all about. Passion, work ethic, the whole thing, because I saw it. I grew up two doors away from the saloon. That’s how I lived. We didn’t have pipes that were in the walls. Our pipes were exposed. When I was a young kid, I used to deliver all the Chicago newspapers. The two morning papers, the Tribune and the Times, the two afternoon papers, the Daily News and the Chicago American. And then the local paper, The Chicago Heights, twice a week. Today, I could still remember which house gets what paper.


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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.