Nelson Mandela’s death reverberates throughout the sporting world
The news of Nelson Mandela’s death Thursday at age 95 swept perhaps most swiftly through Twitter, where the sports world was, like the rest of planet Earth, mourning the loss of one of the most inspiring and influential figures of our time.
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Muhammad Ali on Mandela: "He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale. His was a spirit born free, destined to soar above the rainbows."
— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) December 5, 2013
Condolences to all on the passing of our beloved Father of the South African Nation, Nelson Mandela. Madiba we loved you. Rest in Peace.
— Gary Player (@garyplayer) December 5, 2013
"As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my… http://t.co/ii0J4Bpor1
— Luol Deng (@LuolDeng9) December 5, 2013
Today, I am very saddened. Nelson Mandela was one of the most influential people in my life. pic.twitter.com/zzixsqm1Af
— Pelé (@Pele) December 5, 2013
R.I.P to one of our WARRIORS!! The Great Nelson Mandela.
— Eddie George (@EddieGeorge2727) December 5, 2013
Thank you madiba. You will never be forgotten.
— Joakim Noah (@JoakimNoah) December 5, 2013
— Sasha Vujacic (@SashaVujacic) December 5, 2013
One of a greatest man ever have gone from us. Nelson Mandela is one of my hero. RIP Madiba 🙏 pic.twitter.com/p3mJkrUxkA
— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) December 5, 2013
Met the great man & knew it was imminent but still a shock RIP Nelson Mandela a victory for everyone everywhere to forgive but not forget
— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) December 5, 2013
Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. We will never forget the role you played in our country, in our sport, and for that we are eternally grateful.
— South African Rugby (@bokrugby) December 5, 2013
Both teams will be observing a minute's silence & wearing black armbands in memory of Nelson Mandela.
— England Cricket (@ECB_cricket) December 5, 2013
I was so blessed to travel to South Africa,and witness firsthand the spirit of change that Mandela bestowed on the world.
— Derrick Brooks (@DBrooks55) December 5, 2013
Great people make the world better for all of man kind not just one country, race or group. Mandela did it as well as anyone. RIP!
— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) December 5, 2013
I thank God for giving me a chance to meet a great Leader and man of Faith. Miss you Madiba. pic.twitter.com/AwwiRqJHeg
— Dikembe Mutombo (@officialmutombo) December 5, 2013
— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) December 5, 2013
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) December 5, 2013
— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) December 5, 2013
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) December 5, 2013
— Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) December 5, 2013
Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela and Thank you #RIPNelsonMandela
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) December 5, 2013
I'm hearing about Nelson Mandela's death while on African soil in Oran, Algeria. Sending prayers to Mandela's family. pic.twitter.com/i5ONBP9Xez
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela was a great man. A bright light has gone out. His ability to lead & inspire are unparalleled in my lifetime.
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) December 5, 2013