Crystal Flint

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Abusers not restricted to Black athletes


The average American sports fan typically is quick to judge, uses broad moral brushes in drawing conclusions, has selective ant-length memories, and vainly displays outrage whenever a Black person does something negative, whether speculative or not. The most recent example is right here in so-called progressive Minnesota, where last week both the governor and a U.S. senator decidedly made it political: Even if he’s found not guilty of child abuse charges, Adrian Peterson has been O.J.’d for life. Children of all races are abused every day, upon which both Gov. Mark Dayton and Senator Al Franken have been noticeably silent. But when Peterson was indicted for possibly abusing his young son with a

spanking, the two men who are running for reelection this November made an appeal to White women voters by calling for Peterson to be suspended, which the Minnesota Vikings last week backpedaled into doing. U of M Professor Oliver Williams, a noted expert in domestic abuse issues, told us last week, “My question [is] why were they asking [that Peterson] lose his job. Continue Reading →

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Peterson case puts domestic violence in media spotlight

National conversation highlights Black victimizers, yet overlooks victims
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

Domestic violence or child abuse isn’t just being done by Black NFL players — it’s a society problem that needs addressing, said the Minnesota Vikings’ highest ranking Black front office executive. The Adrian Peterson child abuse allegations is the latest in over 40 NFL players this year involved in domestic violence legal cases. Reportedly the player left bruises on his young son after spanking him. He is now suspended with pay, and his court appearance is scheduled for next month. The National Football League last week announced that each team, including its players, coaches and other club personnel, soon “will participate in education sessions” on domestic violence and sexual assault. A new “player conduct policy” also is being designed, and the league has brought in consultants as well. Continue Reading →

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Girls’ basketball clinic gets new leader









Twenty-five years ago, LINDA ROBERTS, KATHIE EILAND-MADISON, LISA LISSAMORE, DEB STAMPLEY and PEGGY JACKSON, among others, decided to give back to the community after their outstanding college

basketball careers ended by forming the Shooting Stars Clinics for young girls aspiring to learn about basketball and life. For the past two decades, the clinic focused on providing an affordable, quality clinic that was facilitated by African American women. A few weeks ago the torch was passed from Roberts, the former St. Paul Central girls’ basketball great who went on to become one of the best players to ever play for the University of Minnesota, to another former Gopher standout, CRYSTAL FLINT. Under the direction of Flint, who has been an instructor since 1999, the name of the clinic was changed to the Triple Threatt Basketball Clinic. Continue Reading →

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New Gophers coach tours the ’hood

Any chance the school’s recruiting might include more local Black females?  

First-year Minnesota Women’s Basketball Coach Marlene Stollings, as expected, has made the rounds, getting to know the landscape outside the historically self-sheltered confines of the U of M campus. Unexpectedly, this has included meeting with Black folk. A meet-and-greet was hosted by Black Gopher alums, followed by a breakfast-time appearance at Heritage Park. Is the coach’s introductory tour in the hood for show or for real? Continue Reading →

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Minnesota Elite had a successful season

In June I witnessed two fifth-grade AAU teams compete during the Grassroots Alumni AAU All Star Alumni game held at Concordia University. I was there to cover the event, and former Minneapolis Washburn and Concordia University basketball standout ROBERT FINNEY made me aware of the fact that both teams had accomplished quite a bit during the regular season. One of those teams, The Minnesota Elite 5th grade boys’ basketball team, comprised of WILLIE WILSON, TAQUEZ CHATMAN, ROBERT GRACE, TERRANCE KAMARA, CAIDEYN FERRELL, TRE HOLLMAN, JAKE COCHNAUER, MARCUS OWENS, GABE GANZ, CHASE CARTER and TRENT FINNEY, capped off their season by placing fifth at the MYAB Nationals with a 7-1 record. The team achieved success competing at the fifth- and sixth-grade levels. At the sixth-grade level, Minnesota Elite captured top honors at the City of St. Continue Reading →

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Women coaching men — can they? Will they?







Fourth in a series
Six women were full-time Division I men’s basketball assistants during an eight-year stretch from 2003 to 2011. Before that (1990-2002), there were three female assistants, two of them Black — Bernadette Mattox at Kentucky, 1990-94, and Stephanie Ready at Coppin State, 1999-2001. None, however, were ever fired as men’s assistants. Mattox went on to become Kentucky’s head women’s basketball coach, then eight years as a WNBA assistant. Ready later coached two years in the NBA Development League (2001-03) and became the first female to coach in a men’s pro league. Continue Reading →

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Local prep star returns as WNBA player



TAYLER HILL was back where her storied high school career as a guard for Minneapolis South ended in style four years ago. Only this time, the 2009 McDonald’s All-American and Miss Basketball came back to the Target Center as a member of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, who were in town to play the Minnesota Lynx. Hill, who was the fourth pick of the WNBA draft after an outstanding career at Ohio State University, had a host of family and friends present. These included father PAUL, who starred at South as a guard in the 1980s, brother PJ who played at Minneapolis North and was a point guard at OSU, and sister TANYSHA SCOTT who starred at DeLaSalle and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Hill scored one point in seven minutes of play in the Mystics’ 79-75 win. Continue Reading →

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Women talkin’ sports




Among my constant complaints about sports radio, besides its overbearing White male testosterone presence, is the absence of women voices. Even when White females are heard, they often act Gracie Allen-like as foils for the George Burns-like hosts. You won’t hear on sports radio someone like Jemele Hill, a Black female sports commentator who speaks her mind. We recently invited four local sistahs to visit us here at the MSR and talk sports. All four played college sports, two for the Gophers. Continue Reading →

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Message to student-athletes: ‘No means no!’


Apparently based on recent events, two suggested prerequisite courses for all college studentathletes at all three NCAA division schools should be, first, an English class on the true meaning of the word “no,” and second a class on “making right choices.”

A former Hamline University men’s basketball player was recently charged with felony second-degree assault after he allegedly hit a woman in the face while in Spokane, Washington on New Year’s Eve. When she heard about the incident, Crystal Flint briefly chatted with one of her sons: “I told him that no one knew how it was going to turn, [but] somebody has to do the morally correct thing and go…at least tell somebody,” she recalls. If Flint, herself a former University of Minnesota student-athlete, is successful in convincing her youngster to do the “morally correct thing,” it will help eradicate the notion of individual willfulness embedded in too many young people’s minds that falsely tells them that whatever they do, rightly or wrongly, is acceptable these days. This notion we adults have somehow, consciously or unconsciously, planted and watered in them, thus enabling them and bankrupting them morally. This is even more so if the young person has been tagged a “star athlete” in his or her formative years, depriving them of understanding and of consistently hearing the word “no.” Sometimes we see a dangerous pattern developing and allow it to go unchecked. Continue Reading →

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