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Like you and me, Malcolm X sought diversion in a sporting event. Malcolm X went to Miami, where he watched Cassius Clay defeat Sonny Liston for the heavyweight title. After the fight, Clay announced that he was a Muslim. He changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Ali never claimed allegiance to the so-called Black Muslims, but instead professed a belief in the tenets of Islam, the religion practiced by 700 million people worldwide. At the time, Islam was a religious sect whose foundation was believed to cater to the "needs of black people." Ali's fundamental beliefs kept him from participating in the Vietnam War, and for that, he was forced to give up his title.
|Rasheed Wallace is known for his anger ... perhaps he should be known for something else.|
|Reggie Miller is another player who should be admired for sticking to his beliefs ... and his love for the game.|