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What Had Happened Was: 9/15/16

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In addition to kneeling during the playing of the national anthem last Thursday, Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall is joining San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in putting his money where his mouth is. He announced on Wednesday that he’ll donate $300 per tackle to address “critical social issues” in Denver.



ThinkProgress sports reporter Lindsay Gibbs spent 90 minutes with the woman accusing former NBA MVP Derrick Rose and his friends of sexually assaulting her. The interview provides a a lot more insight into the woman, who she is, how she has dealt with a lot of character blows over the last few weeks, specifically, and what led up to the incident.

“But I know the people that know me, including Derrick, know exactly who I am and everyone that’s close to me knows what type of girl I am, and when I actually sat there and Derrick was being deposed  —  I was listening to every single thing he said, and he never said anything that was being said [in the media]. I was like, I know he knows what type of girl I am, and I was so confused. I didn’t know if these articles were coming out, who was saying this, who was saying that, or if it was all being fixed by the attorneys.”



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SportsCenter anchor Sarina Morales made her Undefeated debut with a thought-provoking piece about racial identity, featuring a conversation she had with Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez about what it means to be Hispanic in today’s world:

There is an outdated and patronizing notion that there is a “one-size-fits-all” strategy to identifying Hispanics in our country. Sorry to break it to you, but we don’t all speak Spanish and we don’t all eat rice and beans. The unfortunate reality for Hispanics in the United States is that our identity is constantly being measured by standards that have nothing to do with cultural reality. The scrutiny cuts both ways when it comes to language. As a kid, my dad was made fun of for not speaking English when he came to New York from Puerto Rico with my grandparents. So for my father, his intention in raising me and my sister was to make sure that wouldn’t happen to us. He spoke English in the household. But just because my father taught me how to catch a baseball with English instructions, does that make me any less of a Hispanic? Think of Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. He’s one of the most well-known Dominican baseball players in the MLB. His children were born here in the United States and his wife is from Minnesota. So his kids are half-Dominican, half-American, and were raised in the United States. They are going to carry the name Ortiz. Sure, they aren’t raised the same way as their father was, but no one is going to say that Ortiz’s kids are not Hispanic.



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.