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Black Power Salute At Olympic Games
African-American track team members Tommie Smith (C) and John Carlos (R) raised gloved Black Power fists as during the medal ceremony of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Both Smith and Carlos were suspended from the U.S. team, and both received death threats. "We knew that what we were going to do was far greater than any athletic feat," Carlos reportedly said at the time. Both are now in the Hall of Fame.John Dominis—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
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See Athletes Who Have Taken a Stand on Political Issues

Dec 01, 2014

The St. Louis Rams caused a stir Sunday when some players emerged onto the football field with their arms raised in the "hands up, don't shoot" pose that's been used to protest the killing of Michael Brown. The St. Louis Police department condemned the gesture, calling it "tasteless, offensive, and inflammatory." Meanwhile, the NFL said it would decline punishment of any kind for the players' expression of free speech.

But this is not the only time athletes have made political demonstrations during an event. Here are six more examples of players getting political.

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