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10 Political Statements in Sports History

Updated: March 5, 2003, 11:52 AM ET
By Jeff Merron | SportsNation

Manhattanville College women's basketball player Toni Smith, who refuses to face the flag during the playing of the national anthem, follows in a long tradition of athletes using the sports arena as a forum to express their political views.

Smith is trying to draw attention to her belief, as she puts it, "that the government's priorities are not on bettering the quality of life for all of its people, but rather on expanding its own power."

Is she succeeding? Well, she's certainly drawn ...

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