LOS ANGELES — NFL Hall of Fame Coach Tony Dungy appeared on ESPN LA 710’s The Morning Show with Keyshawn, LZ and Travis, just before hitting the stage at the 2018 LA84 Summit.
Dungy, four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis, Davis Cup Champion James Blake and Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad kicked off the event with a panel discussion on the impact of Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Peter Norman’s iconic protest at the 1968 Olympic Games.
LA84 and NBC Sports collaborated to put on this compelling panel, moderated by Mike Tirico.
Dungy, who was 13 years old at the time, vividly remembered asking his father why Smith and Carlos raised their fists on the podium.
“He [Dungy’s father] explained to me what was happening. Dr. King had just gotten killed that spring and then the 200-meter final happened.”
It wasn’t until Dungy was older that he realized what motivated the three men to take the action they did.
“What they were saying, in so many words, was ‘hey, we’re the fastest guys on earth, but for half the colleges, we couldn’t be on the track team, something is wrong.’ People didn’t appreciate it at the time, but it made a tremendous statement.”
Dungy sees a lot of similarities today in Colin Kaepernick’s protest of racial inequality and police brutality.
“Kaepernick got ostracized the same way those guys did. I think we’ll look back 10 years from now and say Colin Kapernick was onto something.”
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