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Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- It was a moment in time that, even if you haven’t heard the story, you’ve probably seen the images.

The date was Oct. 16, 1968, and Tommie Smith and John Carlos had just won the gold and bronze medals, respectively, at the Mexico City Summer Olympics. They had just finished the 200-meter sprint and earned the United States two spots on the medals podium.

But standing on the podium, the runners wore only their socks to shine a light on poverty in black communities. They wore clothing to protest lynchings — Smith a scarf, Carlos beads.

And with the national anthem playing in honor of their victories in the background, they dipped their heads and raised their fists — Smith his right, Carlos his left — each one covered in a black glove.

“It was probably the first and the most overt display of protest ever at the Olympic Games ... It was very much revolutionary,” said Brad Congelio, assistant professor of sports management at Kutztown University, whose research focuses on the Olympic Games. “Using the Olympics as a way to show discontent goes completely against what Olympism is meant to stand for.”

Fifty years after Smith and Carlos stood on that podium, raising their fists in what some would call a black power salute, history seems to have come full circle in the actions of one man you've most likely heard of: former San Francisco 49ers star quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling is the exactly the same sort of symbolic protest as the black power salute from the 1968 Olympics,” said Leland Ware, who was in college at the time, and is now the Louis L. Redding Chair for the study of law and public policy at the University of Delaware.

“What’s ironic is the protest is for essentially the same thing as it was in 1968: racial oppression in America and the violence inflicted on African Americans by police," Ware added. "It shows you that 50 years later, there have been some changes, but these issues are just as powerful now as they were then.”

The lead-up to the 1968 Olympics was fraught with chaos. The year before, nearly 160 riots broke out across the U.S. in what came to be known as the "long, hot summer of 1967." The largest of the riots happened in Newark, while the most infamous was in Detroit, where 7,200 people had been arrested, 1,200 were injured and 43 killed.

Then, on April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, sparking a new wave of protests across the country.

“There were race riots in every major city in America,” Ware said.

Smith and Carlos were not the only athletes to wear symbols of protest during the Olympics, but they were the only ones to be castigated for it.

“As the anthem began and the crowd saw us raise our fists, the stadium became eerily quiet,” Carlos wrote in his 2011 book, “The John Carlos Story,” according to the Washington Post. “For a few seconds, you honestly could have heard a frog piss on cotton. There’s something awful about hearing 50,000 people go silent; like being in the eye of a hurricane.”

The men were ordered to leave the Olympic Village and forced to leave Mexico within 48 hours after their credentials were taken away, according to the New York Times.

Once home, they essentially had to start their careers from scratch as they were both banned from running track. After attempting to play in the NFL, Smith became a coach and Carlos a high school counselor, among other jobs the two had.

They also received hate mail, death threats and experienced harassment.

“They were racist, they were vile, and they were just disgusting displays of racism ... But there were a handful of supporters, too,” Congelio said. “One of the supporters wrote that white Americans simply couldn’t understand the terrific agony that black Americans felt at the time ... [they] just didn’t understand what [the athletes] were trying to prove and what their protest was about.”

Kaepernick, believed to be the first athlete to kneel during the national anthem, has also felt the blowback. He, too, has received death threats, according to ESPN.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he said, according to NFL News. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way."

"There are bodies in the street, and people are getting paid to leave and getting away with murder," he said, referring to victims of police brutality — the reason he says he started the protest.

Kaepernick hasn’t played a game since the end of the 2016 season.

In the five decades since the Olympic protest, technology, of course, has advanced. In addition to the images of Kaepernick and like-minded athletes taking a knee being seen on televisions across the country, today's demonstrators use social media as a tool.

“I think that social media allows athletes, to a certain degree, to take control of their own messaging, and counter these often negative stereotypes and misrepresentations, and directly challenge them,” Kaepernick said.

Despite not playing in the NFL for two years, Kaepernick has been able to capitalize on the movement he started. In early September, he was the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign.

By the end of the month, Nike’s market value had jumped an additional $6 billion, according to CBS, as crowds of people went to support the brand — and Kaepernick, of course.

Opponents of Kaepernick and other kneeling athletes, however, have burned their shoes and clothing to boycott the company.

It may have been more difficult 50 years ago to measure the impact of Smith's and Carlos' protests. But the Olympic stage put the athletes "in front of the eyes of the world," Congelio said.

And their legacy speaks for itself, he added.

“Fifty years later, Smith and Carlos are largely looked back as civil rights heroes for what they did,” Congelio continued. “So 50 years from now, it’s going to be interesting to see if Kaepernick is seen the same way.”

On Thursday, Kaepernick received the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University for his contributions to black history and culture. In his speech, he encouraged more people with a platform to stand up against racial injustice.

“I feel like it’s not only my responsibility, but all our responsibilities as people that are in positions of privilege, in positions of power, to continue to fight for them and uplift them, empower them,” he said, according to USA Today. “Because if we don’t, we become complicit in the problem.”

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Monica Schipper/WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Olympian Aly Raisman joined the growing calls to oust new interim USA Gymnastics President Mary Bono -- just three days after she was named to take over the floundering organization.

Raisman, a two-time Olympian and three-time gold medalist, took to Twitter on Monday to support Kaylee Lorincz, a gymnast who alleged she was sexually assaulted by convicted felon Larry Nassar while she was a teenager.

Lorincz posed a question on Twitter to new interim USA Gymnastics President Mary Bono about her time working at law firm Faegre Baker Daniels. Scott Himsel, a former employee of the law firm, helped to craft excuses for why Nassar was missing work while he was under investigation, according to a report in the Indianapolis Star.

Lorincz asked on Twitter: "You owe me an explanation of why you and your firm allowed Larry to abuse me in 2016 after you were well aware that he was abusing little girls."

Raisman amplified the question, saying they were "waiting impatiently."

Bono has not responded to the question, but USA Gymnastics said in a statement to ABC News: "Bono's work for the firm was not related to the 2015 investigation."

Raisman, who has taken a lead in the gymnastics' community with advocating for the girls who were abused by Nassar, asked why the sport's governing body would hire Bono, knowing about the appearance of impropriety of her working for the law firm.

"Why hire someone associated with the firm that helped cover up our abuse?" she asked.

Bono, who served as a congresswoman in California from 1998 to 2013, was hired on Friday as interim president and CEO after Kerry Perry was forced out last month. Perry led the organization for just nine months before stepping down after criticism from victims abused by Nassar over Perry's lack of transparency about how the organization planned to protect athletes going forward.

"It's absolutely the duty of USA Gymnastics, after the horror of the Larry Nasser saga, to double check, triple check, to go above and beyond, making sure that the person they're picking, even as an interim CEO, is above reproach," said Christine Brennan, a USA Today columnist and ABC News contributor.

Raisman was among those who publicly criticized Perry, as well.

In another scandal for USA Gymnastics, Mary Lee Tracy, hired by Perry as the organization's new top coach in late August, reached out to Raisman, who is in the process of suing USA Gymnastics, which led to the dismissal of Tracy just three days after accepting the job.

Fellow gold medalist Simone Biles came out against Bono for a separate incident on Saturday. Biles, who is sponsored by Nike, criticized Bono for coming out against the shoe company using Colin Kaepernick in its latest ad campaign. Bono had shared a photo at the time the news broke of her coloring over a Nike swoosh with black marker. Bono deleted the tweet on Saturday and apologized.

"I regret the post and respect everyone’s views & fundamental right to express them," she tweeted. "This doesn’t reflect how I will approach my position @USAGym I will do everything I can to help build, w/ the community, an open, safe & positive environment.

The entire board of USA Gymnastics was forced out by the U.S. Olympic Committee earlier this year in the wake of the Nassar scandal. Nassar pleaded guilty to multiple allegations of sexual abuse in two different cases, resulting in a maximum sentence of over 150 years, as well as a guilty plea over child pornography. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the federal child porn charge.

USA Gymnastics said a search for a permanent replacement for Perry was ongoing.

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Tim Bradbury/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- USA Gymnastics just can't seem to get out of its own way when it comes to establishing new leadership.

The honeymoon lasted just one day for USA Gymnastics interim President Mary Bono, who was appointed on Friday and came under fire from the sport's biggest star on Saturday.

Simone Biles, a four-time Olympics gold medalist and the only woman in history with 10 World Championship golds, responded to a tweet by Bono from earlier this year in which she posted a photo of her drawing over the Nike swoosh logo on a pair of shoes in protest of the company using Colin Kaepernick in an ad campaign.

Biles responded with "mouth drop" before saying, "Don’t worry, it’s not like we needed a smarter usa gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything."

Bono deleted the tweet hours later and issued an apology.

"I regret the post and respect everyone’s views & fundamental right to express them," she tweeted. "This doesn’t reflect how I will approach my position @USAGym I will do everything I can to help build, w/ the community, an open, safe & positive environment.

"Hey all, I know the Tweet will live on but have taken it down to move the focus to all I hope to accomplish on behalf of a great sport & those who are dedicated to it," she added. "I look forward to telling my gymnastics story, my vision for the future of the sport and why I wanted the job."

Bono, a Republican, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1998 to 2013 in California's 44th and 45th districts. She replaced her late husband, singer and entertainer Sonny Bono, after he died in a skiing accident.

Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, riled Republicans -- including President Donald Trump -- over the past two years for taking a knee during the national anthem before games as a protest against the treatment of minorities by police. Nike chose Kaepernick as the new face of an advertising campaign prior to the start of this year's NFL season.

Biles signed with Nike in November 2015. She is one of several prominent team members sponsored by Nike, including fellow 2016 Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, who announced she will be returning to competition last week.

Bono's blunder, an apology 24 hours into her tenure, is just the latest in a cavalcade of errors by USA Gymnastics, the Olympic sport's governing body. Bono was installed, at least temporarily, as a replacement for Kerry Perry, who was forced out in September after just nine months in charge.

Perry's tenure was marked by a series of missteps over the handling of the Larry Nassar case and criticism from victims abused by the former physician over Perry's lack of transparency about how the organization planned to protect athletes going forward.

The resignation came just days after she hired Mary Lee Tracy as USA Gymnastics' women's elite development coordinator. Tracy is a longtime gymnastics coach who had voiced support for Nassar after he was arrested in 2016 on sex-abuse charges, which brought immediate condemnation from star gymnast Aly Raisman.

USA Gymnastics' entire board was forced out by the U.S. Olympic Committee earlier this year in the wake of Nassar's conviction for sexual assault.

Bono told The Associated Press in an interview in November 2017 that she was the subject of repeated sexual harassment by an unnamed House colleague while serving as a congresswoman.

The search for a permanent replacement for Perry is ongoing.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:

Houston 7, Boston 2

L.A. Dodgers 4, Milwaukee 3

Vegas 1, Philadelphia 0
Edmonton 2, N.Y. Rangers 1
Ottawa 5, L.A. Kings 1
Boston 8, Detroit 2
Carolina 5, Minnesota 4
Toronto 4, Washington 2
Tampa Bay 8, Columbus 2
Vancouver 3, Florida 2
Montreal 4, Pittsburgh 3
Nashville 5, N.Y. Islanders 2
Dallas 5, Anaheim 3
Chicago 4, St. Louis 3
Buffalo 3, Arizona 0
Calgary 3, Colorado 2

(1) Alabama 39, Missouri 10
(13) LSU 36, (2) Georgia 16
(3) Ohio St. 30, Minnesota 14
(5) Notre Dame 19, Pittsburgh 14
Iowa St. 30, (6) West Virginia 14
(17) Oregon 30, (7) Washington 27
Michigan St. 21, (8) Penn St. 17
(9) Texas 23, Baylor 17
(10) UCF 31, Memphis 30
(12) Michigan 38, (15) Wisconsin 13
(14) Florida 37, Vanderbilt 27
Virginia 16, (16) Miami 13
Southern Cal 31, (19) Colorado 20
Tennessee 30, (21) Auburn 24
(22) Texas A&M 26, South Carolina 23

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Colin Kaepernick/Twitter(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Colin Kaepernick, who helped lead the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl but made even bigger headlines protesting against social injustice, was among those honored on Thursday for their significant contributions to black history and culture.

Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle headlined a list of eight individuals who received the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at Harvard's Hutchins Center for African & African American Research.

Joining Kaepernick and Chappelle, as reported by ABC Boston station WCVB-TV, were Kenneth Chenault, the chairman of General Catalyst; Shirley Ann Jackson, the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Pamela Joyner, the founder of Avid Partners; Florence Ladd, a psychologist and author; Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and Kehinde Wiley, an artist.

"Love is at the root of our resistance," Kaepernick told students on Thursday. "People live with social injustice every single day, and we expect them to thrive in situations where they're just trying to survive."

Past honorees include Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou and Sonia Sotomayor.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Two-time Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez is returning to gymnastics.

The 18-year-old made the announcement on "Good Morning America" Thursday, saying she is "currently training."

"Crossing your fingers for 2020," Hernandez said of the future Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo.

Besides winning a gold and silver medal, Hernandez has a new children's book out titled, "She's Got This." The name of the book is inspired by the gymnast visibly reciting "I got this" to herself before each event at the U.S. women's gymnastics team at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

"Whenever I'm competing, I'm pretty much terrified before I go up there," Hernandez said. "And so, it's making sure that I can calm myself down before I hop onto the equipment. And for me, that's a lot of self-talk and self-preparation and it's being my own hype man."

"She's Got This" is about a gymnast who experiences setbacks, but keeps going.

This is the second published book for Hernandez, who also won Season 23 of "Dancing With the Stars."

But that's not all: Hernandez also has her own Barbie doll.

"She has my curls, which is really important to me," Hernandez said. "When I was little, I always wanted to straighten my hair because I saw everybody had that but now I get to embrace that."

On "GMA," Hernandez also showed adorable young fans in the audience how to appropriately stick a landing.

"She's Got This" is available now.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:


 Final  Houston  11  Cleveland     3
 Final  Boston   16  N-Y Yankees   1

 Final  L-A Dodgers   6  Atlanta   2

 Final  Dallas      115  Philadelphia   112
 Final OT  Brooklyn    110  Detroit        108
 Final  Indiana     111  Cleveland      102
 Final  Charlotte   110  Chicago        104
 Final  Washington  110  N-Y Knicks      98
 Final  Miami        90  Orlando         89
 Final  Sacramento  132  Maccabi Haifa  100
 Final  Phoenix     117  Golden State   109
 Final  N-Y Islanders   4  San Jose   0
 Final  Boston          6  Ottawa     3
 Final  Buffalo         4  Vegas      2
 Final SO  Anaheim         3  Detroit    2

 Final  New Orleans   43  Washington   19
Final  Seattle    4  Houston    1

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Grant Halverson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Eric Reid, a defensive back with the Carolina Panthers, took a knee on the field on Sunday during the national anthem before a game against the New York Giants.

The game marked Reid’s return to the NFL after an uncertain few months as a free agent which he believes were because of his continued protests against racism and police brutality.

Reid’s contract with the San Francisco 49ers expired in March and he remained unsigned until two weeks ago, when he joined the Panthers on a one-year contract.

The news of Reid rejoining the NFL came amid speculation by some fans and players that the 26-year-old had not been signed due to his activism on the field.

"I think we all know why he hasn't received a call," Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith, a member of the NFL Players Coalition, said days before Reid was signed by the Panthers, echoing a suggestion previously made by others in the coalition, including Devin McCourty from the New England Patriots, and Malcolm Jenkins from the Philadelphia Eagles.

“The notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap, not because of my skill set but because I’ve protested systemic oppression, is ludicrous,” Reid tweeted in March.

Reid was the first to join teammate Colin Kaepernick in taking a knee during the National Anthem in 2016.

He continued his protest even after Kaepernick’s contract wasn’t renewed at the end of the 2016 season, and he and other players who followed suit have become targets of President Donald Trump, who launched an ongoing battle with the NFL in September 2017 for allowing the protests. In August of this year, Trump said that players who don’t take a knee should be “suspended without pay.”

Reid and Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in May, claiming that league owners colluded to keep them from playing because of their protests on the field.

Reid said last week he wasn't sure whether his protests for social justice would include taking a knee during the national anthem but added that he doesn't plan on dropping his grievance against the NFL even after getting signed.

Kaepernick, who has remained unsigned, has continued to work for social justice issues, becoming a symbol of the modern civil rights movement.

On Sunday, Kaepernick tweeted his support for Reid’s protest.

"My Brother @E_Reid35, with @KSTiLLS and @iThinkIsee12, continue to take a knee against systemic oppression. They are unwavering in their conviction! #ImWithReid," former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick tweeted on Sunday, in support of Reid.

ABC News has reached out to the NFL for a request for comment, but a call was not immediately returned.

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Harry How/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- The fight outside the cage at UFC 229 will end up getting a lot more attention than the fight inside the ring.

Khabib Nurmagomedov tapped out UFC star Conor McGregor, who was making his return to the Octagon after an interlude in boxing, with a rear naked choke in the fourth round to defend the lightweight title. He is now 27-0 in his career and 11-0 in the UFC.

But then the show went south.

Nurmagomedov, a 30-year-old from Russia, danced around the ring following the victory, and then hurled his mouthpiece in the direction of McGregor's trainers outside the cage. He then scaled the fence and attacked people from McGregor's entourage sitting cageside at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, outside Las Vegas. Security officials and UFC personnel immediately jumped into the fray to try to separate Nurmagomedov from McGregor's camp. Several police officers managed to cordon off Nurmagomedov and pull him away from the brawl.

ESPN reported Nurmagomedov exchanged punches in the crowd with Dillon Danis, a fighter who trains with McGregor, after hearing trash talk from the group.

While Nurmagomedov was outside the ring, people from the Russian fighter's group rushed into the cage and started brawling with McGregor, who was prevented from climbing over the cage by officials.

UFC President Dana White told ESPN the Nevada State Athletic Commission is holding Nurmagomedov's check, but paid McGregor. White also said they were turning over film to the commission.

White said three members of Nurmagomedov's camp were arrested following the incident. In a press conference following the fight, White said McGregor refused to press charges and the men were released.

White was asked about possible punishments, to which he responded, "could be suspension -- these guys need visas again to get back in the country. Big fines. It's a big deal." He called it "a very bad night" for the UFC.

"Nobody's ever done that, nobody should ever do that," White said of Nurmagomedov jumping into the crowd, a moment reminiscent of the November 2004 brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn, Michigan, between the NBA's Pistons and Pacers.

White told ESPN he had spoken to McGregor in the locker room following the fight.

"He said, 'I don't care about all of this.' Obviously he's upset about losing the fight," White said.

Nurmagomedov made a very short appearance at a press conference following the event, almost three hours after the fight ended. He did not take questions, but did apologize to the city and fans.

"Why people still talking about this?" he said. "My father teach me respect. ... This is a respect sport, not a trash talking sport."

The two fighters have a violent history already marred by criminal proceedings.

A warrant was put out for McGregor's arrest after a wild scene at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 5. The 30-year-old champion tried to confront Nurmagomedov at a press event, and hurled a metal gate at the bus the fighter was in. The window was shattered and several fighters inside, though not Nurmagomedov, were injured.

McGregor surrendered to police in June and was charged with three counts of assault, criminal mischief, menacing and reckless endangerment. He pleaded guilty and was ordered to perform community service and attend anger management classes.

The fight on Saturday was McGregor's first since November 2016. In the interim he fought Floyd Mayweather in a much-hyped boxing match, which he lost.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:
 Final  Houston       3  Cleveland   1
 Final  N-Y Yankees   6  Boston      2


 Final  Cleveland      113  Boston       102
 Final OT  Memphis        109  Indiana      104
 Final  L.A. Clippers  103  L.A. Lakers   87
 Final  New Jersey   5  Edmonton        2
 Final  Dallas       5  Winnipeg        1
 Final  Montreal     5  Pittsburgh      1
 Final  Buffalo      3  N-Y Rangers     1
 Final  Ottawa       5  Toronto         3
 Final SO  Tampa Bay    2  Florida         1
 Final  Nashville    4  N-Y Islanders   3
 Final SO  Vegas        2  Minnesota       1
 Final OT  Chicago      5  St. Louis       4
 Final  Colorado     5  Philadelphia    2
 Final  Anaheim      1  Arizona         0
 Final  Calgary      7  Vancouver       4
 Final  (1) Alabama         65  Arkansas             31
 Final  (2) Georgia         41  Vanderbilt           13
 Final  (3) Ohio St.        49  Indiana              26
 Final  (4) Clemson         63  Wake Forest           3
 Final  (22) Florida        27  (5) LSU              19
 Final  (6) Notre Dame      45  (24) Virginia Tech   23
 Final  (19) Texas          48  (7) Oklahoma         45
 Final  Mississippi St.     23  (8) Auburn            9
 Final  (9) West Virginia   38  Kansas               22
 Final  (10) Washington     31  UCLA                 24
 Final  (12) UCF            48  SMU                  20
 Final OT  Texas A&M           20  (13) Kentucky        14
 Final  Utah                40  (14) Stanford        21
 Final  (15) Michigan       42  Maryland             21
 Final  (16) Wisconsin      41  Nebraska             24
 Final  (17) Miami          28  Florida St.          27
 Final  Northwestern        29  (20) Michigan St.    19
 Final  (21) Colorado       28  Arizona St.          21
 Final  (23) NC State       28  Boston               23
 Final  Iowa St.            48  (25) Oklahoma St.    42

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