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This Is Why NFL Star Greg Hardy Was Arrested for Assaulting His Ex-Girlfriend

On May 12, 2014, Nicole Holder told Charlotte police that she had been assaulted by Greg Hardy. He was arrested, charged, and convicted. Then the case was dismissed on appeal. After a season out of the league, Hardy is playing for the Dallas Cowboys. Owner Jerry Jones has called him a “real leader.”

This is the story, and the photos, of what happened that night.


The Hateful Life and Spiteful Death of the Man Who Was Vigo the Carpathian

“Norbert Grupe—a Nazi soldier’s son, boxer, professional wrestler, failed actor, criminal, and miserable human being who was never so happy as when he could make someone hate him—was once a man so beautiful that other men wanted to paint him.”


The Story Behind Bob Beamon's Miracle Jump and the Only Photo That Mattered

How an amateur photographer documented the greatest achievement in track and field history.


How ESPN's Fear of the Truth Defeated "Black Grantland"

Why The Undefeated, a site announced more than two years ago, still hasn’t launched.


The Player Whose Bell Stayed Rung

Football-related brain damage made Rickie Harris fall from the heights of the NFL to serving a DUI sentence in his ex-wife’s basement.


When Muhammad Ali Was a Has-Been

Twelve columns about the boxer’s descent, originally published in the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Excerpted from Writers' Fighters and Other Sweet Scientists.


How Jon Jones Became the Baddest Motherfucker on Earth

A profile of “the seven-time defending UFC light-heavyweight champion, practically unbeatable, and already maybe the greatest fighter of all time.”


The Future of the Culture Wars Is Here, and It's Gamergate

How a small group of gamers has been able to “set the terms of debate in a $100 billion industry, even as they send women like Brianna Wu into hiding and show every sign that they intend to keep doing so until all their demands are met.”


The Immigrant Sport

A trip to the U.S. Open of ping-pong.


Just Undo It

A 2011 profile of LeBron James, originally meant to run in Port, that was killed by Nike.


The Big Book of Black Quarterbacks

The stories of the 109 black men who have played quarterback in the NFL, from Fritz Pollard to Russell Wilson.


A Sense of Who You Are

How fight coach Greg Jackson, once dubbed “the Philosopher King of MMA,” does his job.