It's hard to compile a sports list that everyone is content with.
But The Undefeated's "50 Greatest Black Athletes" list is being ripped to shreds on Twitter right now namely for placing Michael Jordan ahead of Muhammad Ali. Nobody would ever argue MJ's dominance, but this list asked the public to consider athletes' dominance in their respective sport, their inspiration factor, and impact on society leading up to their overall rating.
That being said, many people believe that Ali's inspiration factor and impact on society for both his in-ring magic and social activism far outweigh that of Jordan's and that the late boxing legend and global sports icon should have been No. 1. Do you agree?
People surveyed for The Undefeated's public list had Jordan No. 1, Jackie Robinson in the second spot, and Ali third, before Willie Mays (4th) and Jesse Owens (5th) rounding out the top five. Rounding out the top 10 are Serena Williams (No. 6), Hank Aaron (No. 7), Simone Biles (No. 8), Gabby Douglas (No. 9) and Jerry Rice (10th). Hmm ... no Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or LeBron James in the top 10? And are Biles and Douglas a little too high on this list?
All those points, and more, were brought up by people who didn't hesitate dragging this list to hell and back.
And upon releasing it, the list began to get attacked with zero chill.
Do you agree with these tweets and this overall sentiment that Ali should have been No. 1?
People definitely recognize Simone's and Gabby's #BlackGirlMagic but believe that other athletes should have been placed higher on the list ahead of them.
Yes, on one hand Tiger Woods changed the landscape of golf. But as Stephen A. Smith pointed out on ESPN's First Take this morning, Woods infamously chose to not identify with his Blackness early on into his career. So, should he have still made the list?
Taken down? Nah. The whole point is to debate it. But we can agree to disagree on the placement. To view the full "50 Greatest Black Athletes" list, click here.
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