Grantland is a popular sports & pop-culture blog started by veteran writer and sports journalist Bill Simmons in 2011; it is indirectly associated with ESPN. The site features contributions from Simmons, former NBA star Jalen Rose, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Morris, and many other sports and pop-culture writers. It is named after famed 20th Century sportswriter Grantland Rice.
Dr. V controversy
An article written by Caleb Hannan and published on the Grantland website in January 2014 regarding the story behind the Oracle GXI golf putter and the work of its creator, Essay Anne Vanderbilt (referred to as "Dr. V"), received considerable criticism from those in the transgender community over the portrayal of the subject. Hannan's article referred to a number of fraudulent scientific qualifications claimed by Vanderbilt but also treated Vanderbilt's transgender identity in the same manner as the fraudulent qualifications, and suggested that the journalist considered Vanderbilt's gender identity a form of deceit. Before the article was published, Vanderbilt committed suicide.
Grantland's editor-in-chief Bill Simmons published a response to the criticism acknowledging errors made on the part of Grantland and Hannan including Hannan's outing of Vanderbilt to one of her investors, as well as Grantland's "collective ignorance about the issues facing the transgender community in general, as well as our biggest mistake: not educating ourselves on that front before seriously considering whether to run the piece". A profile of Simmons in April 2014 lambasted him at length over the Dr. V matter, including having senior ESPN personnel quotes that called him to task, but the writer also included Simmons' reasonable defenses and disagreements with some of the harsher post-Dr. V comments (http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/bill-simmons-big-score-20140429).
- Hannan, Caleb (15 January 2014). "Dr. V’s Magical Putter". Grantland.
- Levin, Josh (19 January 2014). "Digging Too Deep". Slate.
- Klinger, Lauren; McBride, Kelly. "Lessons learned from Grantland’s tragic story on Dr. V". Poynter.
- Kahrl, Christina (20 January 2014). "What Grantland Got Wrong". Grantland.
- Simmons, Bill (20 January 2014). "The Dr. V Story: A Letter From the Editor". Grantland.