I can honestly say Mitch is one of the closest friends I have ever had, but Mitch is not my "friend with an intellectual disability," he's just my friend.
I had the good fortune to become the first African-born General Manager in American sports, a blessed example of someone given an opportunity. But as fortunate as I have been, I'd be a failure if I couldn't provide opportunities to the next generation.
The teasing from his teammates started slowly, but then one day some boys on his team pants'd him by pulling down Ben's pants on the playing field, in front of the whole team.
People might say that I am being naïve but someone needs to bang the table and someone needs and have a vision to show what is possible.
As a former collegiate coach, the fall brings memories full of laughter, exhaustion, hard work, friendship, pain, and joy. A wave of possibility washes over me every September: the possibility of greatness.
After many years, I am finally starting to figure out what my impact is and why I have lasted so long in this sport and this world after being counted out by others more times than I care to remember or count.
While the NFL's handling of domestic abuse cases is being scrutinized, and folk are calling for Goodell's job, the league's inquiry skills concerning other sensitive matters is also worthy of further review.
In supporting Mike Brown, Washington NFL players spotlight need for solidarity for all races, not just one or some.
We should acknowledge that the movement to end violence against women and domestic violence was championed and led by women. The news this week brings a reminder that it's time for men, all men, to be a part of the solution.
Things will not get fixed overnight in Chicago. But it is heartening to see the impact that athletes can have working with community leaders. It is even more moving to see young men and women take a stand against the violence in their communities and work toward a better future.
From Havana to Key West, last year it was a swim of 110.86 miles. This year it was a double-whammy celebration of sports achievement, of city-and-national spirit, of team bonding.
A humor site with 797,000 Twitter followers posted a picture of me in my Trinity basketball jersey and maroon dastaar (it was a home game) with a caption that read: "I'm not guarding him. He's too explosive."
From my perspective as an agent, I really do not see a downside to an athlete embracing this cause. I would gladly work for an openly gay player or a player who speaks up in support of the LGBT community.