Kevin B. Blackistone

Kevin B. Blackistone, ESPN panelist and professor of the practice at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, writes sports commentary for The Washington Post.
Latest from Kevin B. Blackistone

Novak Djokovic fought the public good — and won. That’s bad news for all of us.

Sports already get plenty of concessions. They don’t need pandemic breaks.

January 12, 2022

Desmond Tutu understood how sports and politics intertwined

Even after apartheid was wrecked, Tutu continued to weaponize sports for human rights.

January 1, 2022

Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles and the enduring sports message of 2021

Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles, who showed us that it's okay not to be okay, were the most important athletes in 2021.

December 28, 2021

Former NFL fullback Steve Smith was a hero among heroes, and they will never forget him

For his family, for the football icons who knew him best and at DeMatha, there will never be another Steve Smith.

December 14, 2021

To prevent the next Olympic embarrassment, the world needs to take a stand

Olympic host countries need to do more than make empty promises, or Beijing 2022 will happen again.

December 12, 2021

Don’t listen to MLB owners spin. Just watch their behavior

In baseball’s labor conflict, there’s no reason for fans to feel conflicted.

December 7, 2021

Before Ahmaud Arbery became a symbol, he was a teammate and a friend

According to a longtime buddy, Arbery embodied a quality we credit sports with providing us for life: Friendship.

November 27, 2021

The Astros mistreated their sport. The Braves mistreat human beings.

Baseball and the Braves have learned nothing from America’s racial education.

October 29, 2021

Shame forced Jon Gruden out of the NFL. Daniel Snyder needs a push.

If the NFL can't accept Jon Gruden's stigma, it shouldn't tolerate Daniel Snyder's.

October 16, 2021

The NWSL is a symptom. U.S. Soccer is the problem.

If you want to understand the women's soccer league's problems, look to its roots.

October 9, 2021