A Story of Abuse
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN2)
While the Dallas Cowboys continue to defend their signing of Greg Hardy, despite new photographic evidence of his history of violence against a former girlfriend, new details show that Cowboy representatives were aware of an abusive relationship involving a player during their championship run two decades ago. The former wife of Cowboy legend Nate Newton says she was physically abused while married to him in the 1990s. Kelly Naqi talks with Dorothy Newton about what life was like living with an abusive husband for more than a decade.
“I just wrote a letter and signed it: ‘I believe my husband Nate Newton will kill me on this day. If he kills me, (friends) Ingrid and Monte promise that they will take care of (their son) Tre.’” – Dorothy, Newton’s former wife, on an action she took before meeting him after he was asked by the Cowboys about his abusive behavior, and suspecting she had told them
“It’s very difficult knowing things and I couldn’t share it with anybody.” – Ingrid Ford, Dorothy’s friend, who knew the situation, but couldn’t tell
“It was, you know, just the yelling and cussing and throwing things or hitting things. And then it progressed to just hitting me.” – Dorothy, on Nate’s behavior becoming more erratic after the birth of their first son
Mothers, Daughters, Veterans
On Veterans Day, eight women share their stories of serving in the United States military, and how sports and physical activity provided an outlet. Alyssa Roenigk reports.
Subject of 2014 OTL Report Influenced Missouri Protestor Butler
Sasha Menu Courey is a former University of Missouri swimmer who told a campus nurse and doctor in 2011 that she had been raped by a football player in February 2010. She committed suicide in June 2011, and became the focus of a January 2014 Outside the Lines report on the issue of college athletes and mental health. Tuesday, her parents were made aware that graduate student Jonathan Butler, a central figure in the recent protests at the University of Missouri, told ESPN he knew Menu Courey and that her experience was a motivating factor for him. Nicole Noren, a producer for ESPN’s Enterprise and Investigative Unit, and ESPN.com senior reporter Liz Merrill report.
The original report by Tom Farrey and Noren received Mental Health America’s 2015 Media Award.
Orion a Star for Max Domi
SportsCenter (Saturday morning)
Maxi Domi is having a breakout rookie season, helping the Arizona Coyotes — picked by Vegas odds makers to be among the NHL’s worst teams — to a surprising 8-6-1start. But the 20-year-old left wing, a type 1 diabetic, is receiving help of his own, from his yellow Labrador Retriever, Orion, a Diabetic Alert Dog who is trained to monitor his blood sugar levels. Linda Cohn reports.
“I wear this thing called a ‘bringsel’ on my waist, and as soon as my blood sugar gets out of range he’ll just be on my left side. And he’ll just kinda come over to my right side, grab it, and sit there, and look at me. It’s unbelievable. He’s right 99.9% of the time.” –Max Domi, on his dog Orion helping monitor his blood sugar levels
With Daily Fantasy Sports dominating headlines again this week, the Journalism Release shares its own Throwback Thursday item from more than five years ago (April 2010) in ESPN The Magazine. Then-Senior Deputy Editor Chad Millman, now Editor-in-Chief, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, looked at something called the “predominance rule” – it was an instructive assessment then AND now.
This week’s Panel* (Sunday, 9:30 a.m., ESPN2)
John Saunders, Howard Bryant, Israel Gutierrez, Mike Lupica
*Subject to change