Athlete activism has gotten a ton of attention lately after San Francisco 49ers quarterback began kneeling in protest during the national anthem. The Los Angeles Lakers joined in on the movement themselves by locking arms during the anthem.
Muhammad Ali wasn’t the original athlete activist, but he was one of the pioneers as far as sports stars using their status to make a statement. Ali was outspoken about many social issues throughout his life before passing away this year, memorably losing out on years of his boxing career due to his refusal to fight in the Vietnam war.
It’s impossible to know whether the recent rise in athlete protests and D’Angelo Russell’s new tattoo are connected, but the Lakers guard showed up to the team’s preseason game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday sporting some fresh ink on his right leg (Andrew Martinez of Lakers Nation snapped the best picture of Russell’s new artwork):
D'Angelo Russell's new tattoo of Muhammad Ali pic.twitter.com/TsuxXaPguP— Andrew Martinez (@IamDrewInLA) October 12, 2016
As captured on rookie Zach Auguste’s Instagram story, Russell got the tattoo last night:
It will be interesting to see if Russell has anything to say about his new addition after the Lakers’ game, but no matter his intention with it, no one can argue it isn’t The Greatest.
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