You can add another name next to the likes of Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Colin Kaepernick, and other black sports figures who have staged acts of socially conscious protests in competitive settings: ESPN writer Clinton Yates, spelling bee contestant. Yates drew a standing ovation at Wednesday’s 2016 “Politicians vs. Press” Spelling Bee at the National Press Club when the “Undefeated” blog writer refused to be defeated in vain with this poignant guess at the spelling of the word “mimotype”:
B-L-A-C-K L-I-V-E-S M-A-T-T-E-R
The ever-unflappable and unsung moderator chimed in with a deadpan reading of the correct spelling of “mimotype.”
The definition of “mimotype” is “a plant or animal resembling in many respects another from which it is systematically distinct and geographically isolated,” but Yates may have given the obscure term a new life.
The Politicians vs. Press Spelling Bee is officiated by Scripps, and this year’s event was the third annual competition of its type. Ultimately, it was the “press” team that won when Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla) was eliminated, and Gallup’s Art Swift correctly spelled “apothecary.” It was the first victory for the journos, thanks to Deutch’s attempt to spell “jambalaya” with a “G”:
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