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Sterling? To Boomers, Athletes’ Protests Are Nothing New

Younger sports fans may have been shocked to see players from the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat wearing their warmup jerseys inside-out in silent protest against Clippers owner Donald Sterling, after a recording surfaced of a telephone call in which Sterling allegedly told his then-girlfriend not to bring African-American guests to the team’s games. Sterling subsequently was banned for life by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

To boomers, though, the demonstrations may have seemed tepid compared with the defiant dissents of athletes we grew up with. Here’s a stroll down a memory lane lined with protest signs:

 

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