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  •  Yes, in the Civil Rights Era (6+ / 0-)

    In our times, ever since Michael Jordan famously replied when asked as to why he didn't get involved in political or social issues, "Republicans buy sneakers too"... um, not so much.  Modern-day professional sports is largely about commercialism and being obsessed with making the nightly highlight film on ESPN.

    An example of the first kind from my diary on Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier - He Was, and Will Always Be, "The Greatest."

    In a bygone era of professional sports -- when athletes were unafraid to express opinions on political issues -- Ali received a great deal of support from other prominent black athletes, notable among them Jim Brown, Bill Russell, and Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar).  

    Read more about this meeting organized by Jim Brown in Cleveland, Ohio and Brown's thoughts on it many years later

    I ain't draft dodging.  I ain't burning no flag.  I ain't running to Canada.  I'm staying right here. You want to send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I've been in jail for 400 years.  I could be there for 4 or 5 more, but I ain't going no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people.  If I want to die, I'll die right here, right now, fightin' you, if I want to die. You my enemy, not no Chinese, no Vietcong, no Japanese.  You my opposer when I want freedom.  You my opposer when I want justice.  You my opposer when I want equality. Want me to go somewhere and fight for you?  You won't even stand up for me right here in America, for my rights and my religious beliefs.  You won't even stand up for my right here at home.

    Source: Ali, a biographical film in which actor Will Smith played the role of Muhammad Ali.  Photo credit: Cleveland Plain-Dealer, "NBA 'Free-agent Summit' a Reminder of a 1967 Event in Cleveland That Wasn't about Money" by Branson Wright.  Pictured above are Front row: Bill Russell, Ali, Jim Brown, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (formerly Lew Alcindor).  Back row: Mayor Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter and John Wooten.

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    by JekyllnHyde on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 09:47:48 PM PDT

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