Since Clay/Ali himself was the racist any accusation like "You are racist if you insult Ali" is the same inverted type of logic and only proves my point.
As you may know Muhammad Ali's real birth name is Muhammad Ali next turned his attention to military campaigns beginning with Sudan which he viewed as a valuable addition resource of territory, gold, and slaves.
He declined.") and some of the most vile fans ever.
There is no way, such behavior nowadays would be tolerated. If he would utter his racial nonsense nowadays too often outside the US, there is a possibility he would be handcuffed and jailed.
But all this has not happened overnight, it has taken decades for The Greatest occupy the unique place in the hearts and minds of billions, I repeat, billions of people world-wide.
Just to remind you that he helped revive a range of countries either facing abject poverty (Zaire) or extreme instability…
Thus ANYTHING even slightly negative you say about Muhammad Ali (whether truth or speculation) can ignite (extreme) counter-attacks by his fans and worshipers.
"But didn't Mike Tyson also talk such nonsense like Ali?
CASSIUS CLAY (aka Cassius X aka Muhammad Ali) IS a hot potato.
When you talk about Ali you are not only talking about a sportsman.
Liston claimed to have intentionally lost because of his fear of retaliation from the Black Muslimshus it's bizarre when Ali Fans accuse Ali critics of racism or islamophobia.
It's as bizarre as being accused of racism and Klan'ophobia for criticizing the Ku Klux Klan. But as I wrote at Wladimir Klitschko sucks because he KOs his opponents very often Ali-fans use inverted logic ("black equals white").