Zaslal: čt 09. srpen, 2018 14:52 Předmět: Tommie Smith brings 1968 protest full ci
To clear up a slight misconception: The torch Tommie Smith will light in Mexico City on Monday night is not the same one that was burning the night he and John Carlos raised their fists on the victory stand at the 1968 Olympics. The Raiders-Texans game that night will be played in a different stadium than the one in which Smith and Carlos made their legendary gesture of protest.But, to be clear, Smith is bringing the Myles Garrett Brown Game Jersey spirit of that protest 48 years ago to that Monday night game, and he has a kindred spirit in the man hes honoring, the late Al Davis and in Daviss son Mark, the Raiders owner.PHOTOS: What happens when politics meet sports"I called the Oakland Raiders renegades, who were a light at the end of the tunnel, because what they stood for then was a what a lot of teams stand for now,"Smith told Sporting News on Saturday. "They reminded me of me they believed in what they did, and they really didnt care about the consequences. And now its come full circle."Smith, 72, is traveling with the team from Oakland to Mexico City to light the Al Davis torch at Estadio Azteca, the citys famed soccer stadium and the site of the NFLs final International Series game of the season. The Raiders transported their pre-game tradition from the Oakland Coliseum, and Mark Davis who was 12 years old when Smith and Carlos made their human rights protest at the Olympics thought there was no one better to do the honors.Some 5 1/2 miles away from Estadio Azteca stands Estadio Olympic Universitario, site of Smith and Carloss stand in 1968. The two Jabrill Peppers White Game Jersey had visited the site before in 2008, for an ESPN special for the 40th anniversary of the protest.Smith won the gold medal in the 200 meters in world-record time that night, with Carlos taking bronze and Australias Peter Norman getting silver. As the Star Spangled Banner played after they received their medals, Smith and Carlos lowered their heads and raised their fists, and Norman (who died in 2006) stood with an Olympic Project for Human Rights pin on his lapel.This trip, Smith said as he traveled to Oakland to meet the team for Sundays flight, was not as much about commemorating his stand. His appearance Monday was "in memory of the great Al Davis,"he said, and his frequent and consistent stands against the establishment in signing players of colorand hiring pioneering coaches like Tom Flores, the NFLs first Latino coach, and Art Shell, its first modern-era African-American coach.MARVEZ: Why Trump can't hurt relationship between NFL, Mexico"His background is a progre sive background,"Smith said of the elder Davis,adding that Mark has the same mindset. As they got to know each other over the years, he said, he brought up a lot of things I was all about in the 60s. I had to raise my eyebrows a little Like his father, he was about tearing down the walls of inequality."When Smiths wife Delois called the Raiders last summer about tickets to the Mexico City game, Mark Davis replied with an offer better than tickets: to have Smith light the torch.As a native of the central California town of Lemoore and a student at San Jose State, Smith was a Raiders fan, and he still is even though, he recalled with a laugh, the Raiders ended his brief, post-Olympic football career in 1969. Playing wide receiver for the Bengals (with wide receivers coach and San Jose State alumnus Bill Walsh), he was drilled by a Raiders defensive back, suffered a separated shoulderand never played again.Smith said he was pretty sure Jarvis Landry Jersey it was then-cornerback George Atkinson, now part of the broadcast team."Im bringing my Myles Garrett Jersey 40-ounce bat for George when I see him,"he joked.Otherwise, he expects to talk to officials with the NFL, with Mexican sports organizations and, of course, to the players. In a year in which players have made social statements during the national anthem including raising their fists as Smith and Carlos did Smith said hes more interested in listening to them than talking about himself."Im not there to politicize Mexico City 1968,"he said. Ill let them know how to contact me, Ill let them know Im ready to hear from them if they want to talk to me, about anything."MORE: Powerful images of athlete protestsWith that, though, Smith said hes happy that the owner of the Raiders is continuing his fathers legacy and that the le son of what he did 15 minutes up the road from Monday nights game was not lost."The stand that I took was not a stand against one person,"he said. "It was a stand against ignorance, against people who judged themselves as being better than you."Mr. Davis understood that. Mark Davis was only 12 at the time, and he understands it."David Steele co-authored Tommie Smith's 2007 autobiography, Silent Gesture.
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