Since 2009 Ibrahim Abdul-Matin has been a regular contributor on The Takeaway, critically analyzing the intersection of sports, politics, culture, religion, and the environment.
He is the author of "Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet" and contributor to "All-American: 45 American Men On Being Muslim." He is a former sustainability advisor to Mayor Bloomberg, a blogger, and is currently a consultant at The Frontier Project. Ibrahim was a linebacker at the University of Rhode Island and an NCAA scholar-athlete.
The NBA is dealing with the fallout of some harsh news after audio has revealed Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling reportedly making a myriad of racist remarks to his girlfriend.
Is Jeremy Lin be headed over to the Rockets? Will all ties with the Knicks be cut by tomorrow? Is it finally the end of New York's 'Linsanity'?
Tonight, Kansas and Kentucky face off in New Orleans for the NCAA Championship. Over the weekend, Kentucky beat Louisville in an intra-state match while Kansas rallied against Ohio State to win 64-62. Today two super-fans argue their case for each team. Kim Parks roots for Kentucky, and she's ready to defend the Wildcats against Mark Domitrovich, a Kansas Jayhawks fan. Also with us for NCAA analysis and more on the latest in sports news is Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Takeaway sports contributor.
March Madness is turning out to be not that mad. Not too many bracket busting upsets this year. In fact, all but two of the Sweet 16 teams are from power conferences. The NCAA championship has become a kind of "who's who" in big basketball schools.
Sports Illustrated called it the greatest college basketball ever played. It took place in the NCAA basketball tournament 20 years ago. With just moments left in the game Duke was trailing Kentucky by a point. Duke's Grant Hill threw a pass all the way down the length of the court to teammate Christian Laettner who put in a final jump shot as time ran out. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin remembers that moment well -- and he says it holds the key to understanding why March Madness is so special.
Former New Orleans Saints assistant coach Gregg Williams is being called to New York to discuss an alleged bounty fund he employed with his players. The fund rewarded players for game-ending injuries inflicted on an opposing team’s players, and targeted superstars such as Brett Favre and Kurt Warner. The fund reached its height in 2009, the year the Saints won the Super Bowl. Williams is alleged to have maintained when he ran the Washington Redskins’ defense as well.
This weekend is the NBA All-Star game, the unofficial half-way mark of the NBA season. The Miami Heat overwhelmed the Knicks last night as Jeremy Lin was shut down. LeBron James is having a historic season as the team looks to win the championship. But Oklahoma City and Kevin Durant are making waves in the Western Conference. Here to give us his thoughts on the season's first half, and to tell us what he's going to be looking for in the second half, is Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin.
The NBA season is on full throttle as the New York Knicks played the champion Dallas Mavericks Sunday afternoon and Jeremy Lin was able to hold off the team and the Knicks cruised to yet another win. There were also exciting games around the league as Kevin Durant scored a stunning 51 points for Oklahoma City. The question for Linsanity remains: how long can it last?