Posted December 05, 2013 on AP on Fox
PLAYERS: Nelson Mandela
Muhammad Ali paid tribute to Nelson Mandela as a symbol of forgiveness who inspired others to ''reach for what appeared to be impossible,'' as the boxing great joined in mourning the death of the South African anti-apartheid leader Thursday. The icons who shared a boxing background met twice -- once in South Africa and once in North America, said a spokeswoman for the Ali Center in Louisville, Ali's hometown. ''What I will remember most about Mr. Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge,'' Ali said in his statement released by the Ali Center. ''He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale.'' Mandela emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa. He later became the country's first black president. ''He inspired others to reach for what appeared to be impossible and moved them to break through the barriers that held them hostage mentally, physically, socially and economically,'' Ali said. ''He made us realize, we are our brother's keeper and that our brothers come in all colors.'' Among the exhibits at the Ali Center is a photo of Ali and Mandela, their hands clenched into fists as if they're boxing. That photo was taken during Ali's trip to South Africa, said Ronald DiNicola, Ali's longtime attorney who accompanied the boxing great on the trip. ''Mandela was a former fighter, so there was a kindred spirit there,'' DiNicola said by phone Thursday evening. ''There was always that connection.'' Thousands greeted Ali on his arrival in South Africa, he recalled. Ali's visit came as the country was mourning the assassination of Chris Hani, another anti-apartheid leader who was killed in 1993. Ali visited Hani's family and attended the funeral, DiNicola said. ''It had a deep emotional impact on the mourners and the country that Muhammad happened to be there at that moment,'' he said. ''It gave them, I think, a level of comfort.''

Boxer Matlala dies, was a Mandela favorite

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Detroit News Broadcast Confuses Nelson Mandela With A-Rod (Video)

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Remembering Mandela and how sports influenced his legacy

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TV station shows A-Rod photo while remembering Nelson Mandela (VIDEO)

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FIFA mourns Mandela, 'one of greatest humanists'

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says FIFA is in mourning after the death of Nelson Mandela. He released a statement saying the former South Africa president was ''probably one of the greatest humanists of our time.'' Blatter said he and Mandela ''shared an unwavering belief in the extraordinary power of football to unite people in peace and friendship.'...

RIP Nelson Mandela, A Great Ambassador for World Soccer

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FIFA Mourns”Greatest Humanist” Nelson Mandela

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Ghana legend Abedi Pele pays glowing tribute to Nelson Mandela

Abedi Pele with Nelson Mandela Ghana legend Abedi Pele has paid glowing tributes to former South Africa President Nelson Mandela who passed away on Thursday night. Mandela who had been battling a lung infection for the past three months passed on at age 95 at his home in Houghton in Johannesburg. Several world leaders and influential personalities have since been sending messages...

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Garcia takes lead at somber Sun City

With the skies over Sun City fittingly gray, Gary Player cried on a tee box and Ernie Els shared some of his memories of Nelson Mandela. ''It is going to be a tough day for the whole country,'' Els said. A somber mood hung over South Africa's first major sporting event since Mandela's death as Sergio Garcia, wearing a black ribbon like the rest of the 30...


RIP Mr Nelson Mandela

Parreira: Mandela was ´a god´ to South Africans

Carlos Alberto Parreira has reflected on his experiences with Nelson Mandela during his time as South Africa head coach. Parreira […]

World mourns death of great Yankee fan

At least we can take comfort in knowing that Nelson Mandela died with a smile on his face, knowing the Yankees had just signed Jacoby Ellsbury from the team he so reviled.
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