I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American. That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. According to Kobe
Kobe Bryant is a great baller, not a great thinker. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
There are many great sports figures I respect, but only a few I admire. Among that small (and getting smaller) number are Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown and both for their achievements within their chosen endeavors as well as the bravery to stand up as proud and strong Black men no matter what it cost them (and it cost them both plenty).
We should celebrate these men while they are still with us and mourn them when they are gone. Not just because neither boxing or football are the games they were when Ali and Brown towered over them, but because whatever factory of courage produced these American idols has long since shut down the line, closed up shop, and gone out of business.
There are still great sports figures whose achievements want respect, but far…
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