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Justice for George Floyd helps heal our shaken faith, but fight for equality goes on. New column; plus we're back from vacation, latest Greg Cote Show podcast, R.I.P. Cousin Itt & more


Cousinitt1) It's SATURDAY, APRIL 24. We're back! Been gone a few days on holiday down in Key West, my and the wife's most vacation-y getaway since the pandemic. Probably chat it up in my next podcast. 2) I've been remiss in not noting the recent death, at age 84, of actor Felix Silla, best known as Cousin Itt (pictured) from the Addams Family, must-see TV of my youth. 3) Missed being the Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz on Tuesday because we were away. Plan as of now to be back on this coming Tuesday. 4) The Greg Cote Show podcast is now separately on Twitter and Instagram. Join us on both! 5) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Hot Button Top 10, Greg Cote Show podcast with Dave Parker and Roy Bellamy & more. 5) Join me on Twitter and Instagram.

Our podcast returns this coming Monday, April 26 with a brand new episode after a one-week hiatus. Our 15th podcast of 2021 (57th overall) is out now! A new pod drops Mondays at 7 a.m. ET on Apple, Spotify, Google, Amazon, Stitcher, Megaphone, iHeart -- wherever you pod, and of course at MiamiHerald.com. You can find all 57 we've done HERE for free. In our latest Ep15 we welcome in two special guests: Former Pittsburgh Pirates star Dave Parker and, from the Le Batard Show, Roy Bellamy. Parker speaks about being denied the Hall of Fame, his fight with Parkinson's disease and more. And get to know the inscrutable Bellamy in a fun chat about his bucket list, what scares him and more. Thanks as always for the support, pod family. Please listen, subscribe, rate and review! (Our pod now simulcasts on Sirius XM, too, every Monday 5-6 p.m. ET on Channel 145).

JusticeJUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD HELPS HEAL OUR SHAKEN FAITH, BUT FIGHT FOR EQUALITY GOES ON: The stunning part about the three guilty verdicts is that so many believed — with dread in their heart so justified — that this day would never come. That justice for George Floyd and accountability for Derek Chauvin would not happen. The killing last May galvanized sports into action and changed America. It did all of that because it was murder in slow motion, by degrees, and we saw it all: 9 minutes and 29 seconds of outrageous heartlessness. Knee on neck. On video. With Floyd pleading for his own life. With eyewitnesses pleading for that, too. All across sports, leagues, teams and athletes championed the Black Lives Matter movement, speaking up, not shutting up and dribbling. It was a reminder star athletes can feel anger and outrage, too. It was an open-and-shut case, right? The defense attorney had no chance. And yet there was doubt until the very moment the verdicts on murder and manslaughter charges were read Wednesday in that Minneapolis courtroom. GuiltyGuiltyGuilty. There was jubilation in the streets, and relief, the latter rooted in the fear justice and accountability might be denied yet again. For our full latest column, visit Justice For George Floyd Helps Heal Our Shaken Faith, But Fight For Equality Goes On.

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