They've sprinted, served, batted, slam-dunked and TKO'd their way into sports history. Sprinter Jesse Owens's Olympic triumphs put Hitler to shame. Basketball star Michael Jordan taught kids that they could fly. Gymnast Gabby Douglas showed that champions can come in pint-size packages, and Tiger Woods brought the game of golf to another level. Explore biographies of famous black athletes who broke records and barriers and, ultimately, captured our imaginations.
In a Fox TV special, O.J. Simpson gave a “hypothetical” account of how he and his friend Charlie murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. “I took the knife from Charlie...after that, I don’t remember...I’m standing there and there’s all kinda stuff around. Blood and stuff.”
Simone Biles says she was sexually assaulted by former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar. She implied the abuse was similar to allegations made by more than 140 women. Nassar pleaded guilty to a series of sex crimes in 2017 but denied recent accusations.
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who protested police brutality by taking a knee during the national anthem, is a finalist for TIME magazine’s 2017 person of the year, along with President Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller and the #MeToo movement.
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he became the first black athlete to play Major League Baseball in the 20th century. He signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, and was named Rookie of the Year that year, National League MVP in 1949 and a World Series champ in 1955.