Sports unraveled, collided with politics, racism in 2022


              FILE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. Hardly a day passed in 2022 when a headline running across the ticker on ESPN would have been fitting on CNN or Fox Business. The intersection between sports and real life ranged from toxic workplace environments, alleged sexual misconduct, sportswashing, cryptocurrency, transgender sports and the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit, File)
            
              FILE - Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver watches the team play against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half of an NBA basketball game Dec. 11, 2019, in Phoenix. Hardly a day passed in 2022 when a headline running across the ticker on ESPN would have been fitting on CNN or Fox Business. The intersection between sports and real life ranged from toxic workplace environments, alleged sexual misconduct, sportswashing, cryptocurrency, transgender sports and the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
            
              FILE - Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas speaks to her coach after winning the 500 meter freestyle during a meet with Harvard on Jan. 22, 2022, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Hardly a day passed in 2022 when a headline running across the ticker on ESPN would have been fitting on CNN or Fox Business. The intersection between sports and real life ranged from toxic workplace environments, alleged sexual misconduct, sportswashing, cryptocurrency, transgender sports and the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)
            
              FILE - Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner is shown during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Chicago Sky, Oct. 13, 2021, in Phoenix. The return of Brittney Griner to the United States in a dramatic prisoner swap with Russia marked the culmination of a 10-month ordeal that captivated world attention, a saga that landed at the intersection of sports, politics, race and gender identity — and wartime diplomacy. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
            
              FILE - Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) walks off of the field after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Cleveland. Hardly a day passed in 2022 when a headline running across the ticker on ESPN would have been fitting on CNN or Fox Business. The intersection between sports and real life ranged from toxic workplace environments, alleged sexual misconduct, sportswashing, cryptocurrency, transgender sports and the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Kirk Irwin, File)
            
              FILE - Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder poses for photos during an event to unveil the NFL football team's new identity on Feb. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md. Hardly a day passed in 2022 when a headline running across the ticker on ESPN would have been fitting on CNN or Fox Business. The intersection between sports and real life ranged from toxic workplace environments, alleged sexual misconduct, sportswashing, cryptocurrency, transgender sports and the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Sports unraveled, collided with politics, racism in 2022