Some of our old friends met up in France.
January 13, 2021
Ramble of the Day
This week, Charles Boehm profiled DC United’s new president of business operations Danita Johnson about her role and becoming the first Black person to be the president of an MLS club. The piece is a great read, and I was pretty happy to discover that he shared on Twitter an extended cut of a quote that stuck out to me from the piece:
Here's a few outtakes from my conversation with Danita, who was very gracious with her time and insight. On her experiences with sexism in the sports industry (she gave a specific shoutout to the example set by Gillian Zucker, president of biz operations for the LA Clippers): pic.twitter.com/Ny1qnjE7SD— Charles Boehm (@cboehm) January 12, 2021
It’s one of those quotes that stands well alone, because in this case it encapsulates quite a bit about the uneven experience a Black woman has experienced in sports. The community of support she talks about is a genuinely great thing, as is Johnson’s statement that other people’s racism “doesn’t change my ability to do my work.” To me, it just spotlights the extra barrier that she should not need to overcome but must in order to succeed in her work.
Links of the Day
Aston Villa asked the Premier League to postpone its Sunday game against Everton as the club continues to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak.
Derby told its first team squad that it cannot afford to pay their outstanding wages from December.
Crystal Palace fined Eberechi Eze for breaching COVID-19 protocols by attending QPR’s FA Cup tie over the weekend.
FIFA approved Catarina Macario’s one-time switch to the US from Brazil.
Transfer updates: Atléti signed Moussa Dembélé from Lyon; Leverkusen signed Timothy Fosu-Mensah from Manchester United; Lyon signed Islam Slimani from Leicester
A longer read: Ed Aarons, Romain Molina, and Alex Cizmic on former Haiti FA president Yves Jean-Bart’s rise to power and his abuse of that power by sexually assaulting young female players for The Guardian