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Black radical-Muslim draft-dodger dies at a ripe old age after long illness, sparks an orgy of hagiographic fawning by the entire national media

There, I said it. And so did Rick Moran.

Update! “Ali earned fame fighting then said he wouldn’t risk his life fighting because it conflicted with his religious beliefs. The broader religion he followed then, as now, inspired scores of conflicts around the world. But the heavyweight champion of the world said his faith wouldn’t allow him to partake in violence. That, like Ali, was rich.

Bottom line update! Overall, I’d have to say this comes closest to my own view:

Let me sum up my thoughts. Yes, Ali was a great and talented sportsman, certainly right up there at the very top with Cobb, Mays, Ruth, Mantle, Louis, Bannister, Dempsey, Graziano, Pele, Owens, Jordan, etc. Perhaps he was the greatest sportsman of all time. I won’t argue. He was also a great entertainer and a super celebrity who had intelligence, a sense of humor, and an ability to connect with people other than with his fists. Despite his violent profession, he certainly did not come off as a thug. His personal life, however, as with many celebrity “greats,” was a mess, with his son living estranged from him. A complex man who lived large and became, perhaps, the most famous man in the world–I remember, for example, being in a small town in Morocco, and there were Muhammad Ali posters all over the place. Hard to find somebody on the planet who has not heard of him. But was he Great? I remain open to convincing.

I actually always kind of liked him, really, and he was definitely funny as hell at times. But after seeing a weekend’s worth of worshipful canonization in every single media outlet there is—and wondering about the motivation for it, especially the part of it that came from liberals who in other circumstances would be screaming for boxing to be banned—I felt like maybe a little balance was in order here.

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2 thoughts on “Black radical-Muslim draft-dodger dies at a ripe old age after long illness, sparks an orgy of hagiographic fawning by the entire national media

  1. Absolutely agree with your closing comments. The fawning accolades are just a bit over the top.

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