And I won't mention that less than two weeks ago I posted a picture of him being knocked down by Joe Frazier. The Liberally Lean curse continues.
It is hard to explain what a big deal Ali was back in the day. Boxing was a golden sport and Ali was a showman who took it to an unbelievable level. I stopped down many years later when he lit the Olympic Torch in Los Angeles*. He was a trembling, shuffling shell of himself -- a man slowly giving way to Parkinson's.
But you have to wonder how a flamboyant and trash talking Muslim who refused to be drafted would have fared in American society these days.
* A faithful reader points out it was in Atlanta.
NYT editorial: "Clay vs. the Army," April 29, 1967. (All major papers opposed his decision.) pic.twitter.com/D8UxsMOdBN— Micah Zenko (@MicahZenko) June 4, 2016