Letter from Penn State graduate causes outrage

Amber Anderson | Staff Writer The Penn State University football community was outraged recently when star safety Jonathan Sutherland re- ceived a letter from a “proud” graduate of the university, criticizing him for his locs.  Sutherland’s teammate, defensive tackle Antonio Shelton, on Monday posted a picture of the letter on Twitter. “One of my teammates got this,” Shelton wrote. “Explain to me how this isn’t racist.”  In the letter, the graduate wrote that while watching Penn State’s home opener against the University of Idaho, he couldn’t help but notice Sutherland’s “awful hair.”  The graduate even asked in the letter, “Don’t you … Continue reading Letter from Penn State graduate causes outrage

Bonds catches on quickly with nine TD grabs in HU’s first five games

Harrington Gardiner & Keion Cage | Staff Writers Photo Credit: HamptonPirates.com The Hampton University football team is halfway through its first official season in the Big South Conference. Sophomore receiver Jadakis Bonds already is breaking conference records. Bonds recently set a new Big South Conference record for most consec- utive games to start a season with a touchdown reception in an Oct. 5 home victory against the University of North Alabama.  “Jadakis is a winner,” Hampton coach Robert Prunty said. “He’s a tough guy that came out of high school out of North Carolina with phenomenal work habits.”  Since Bonds’ … Continue reading Bonds catches on quickly with nine TD grabs in HU’s first five games

Is Simone Biles the greatest athlete of all time?

Justin Whitner | Staff Writer Simone Biles is now the most dec- orated gymnast ever, male or female.  Sitting with 25 medals puts her in the discussion of the best athletes of all time. Biles has won the gold medal in the all-around competition at the World Championships every year in which she’s competed since 2013. To put this in perspective, she has not lost an all- around competition in which she has competed in six years. This is impres- sive as is but what makes it even more remarkable is the length of time of her dominance. After her … Continue reading Is Simone Biles the greatest athlete of all time?

HU men’s soccer club team heads for tournament

Roderick Mclean | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Alexis Johnson The Hampton University men’s soccer club team has officially been restarted. The team has already started to hit the field as they’re preparing for an upcoming tournament. Virginia State University contacted Hampton University Intramurals Director Clyde Etter and discussed playing against one another. The two came up with another idea of having a tournament.  The HU club team tentatively will play Saturday, Oct. 26, but that date can change to Saturday, Nov. 2. So far, there will be six teams in the tournament: Hampton, Virginia State, Chesterfield, Richmond Loco’s, University of … Continue reading HU men’s soccer club team heads for tournament

Hampton blows away Howard in Windy City

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer Photo Credit: James Heath The Hampton vs. Howard rivalry has been renewed, but this time it was in the windy city of Chicago. The Pirates blew away the Bison as Deondre Francois threw for four touchdown passes in Hampton’s 41-20 victory Sept. 14 at Soldier Field. More than 51,000 tickets were sold for the “Battle of the Real HU” football game. According to the chicagofootballclassic.org, the $1.5 million in proceeds from last year’s Chicago Classic went to the event’s scholarship fund. After years of the “HU vs HU” game being played in Washington, D.C., at … Continue reading Hampton blows away Howard in Windy City

NBA players are WNBA fans, but there are still plenty of seats available

Amber Anderson | Staff Writer Flickr User  City of Indianapolis | Mayor’s Office Although this WNBA season has attracted the viewership of many NBA players, it has not yet attracted many fans to do the same. According to Sports Are From Venus, “This year, the Mercury and the Sparks are the only two WNBA teams averaging more than 10,000 fans per game, with average attendance falling to a meager 7,716 fans per matchup.” The NBA averages 17,857 fans per game and nearly 22 million per season – and that doesn’t even count the number who watch on television and the … Continue reading NBA players are WNBA fans, but there are still plenty of seats available

California governor signs bill into law to allow college athletes to collect endorsement money

Justin Norris | Staff Writer The movement for NCAA players to be compensated for their name, image or likeness is finally gaining traction. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 30 signed the Fair Pay to Play Act into law. The California State Assembly had previously and unanimously passed the bill, and the State Senate also had passed a previous version of the bill by a 31-4 vote, according to the Los Angeles Times. The law is set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2023. A common misconception is that colleges and universities will be paying athletes. What the Fair Pay to … Continue reading California governor signs bill into law to allow college athletes to collect endorsement money