Racism in Sports

Timeline created by kylepark18
  • MLB is founded

    MLB is founded
  • NHL is founded

    NHL is founded
  • NFL is founded

    NFL is founded
  • Kenneth Washington signed to NFL

    Kenneth Washington signed to NFL
    Joins the Hollywood Bears, first black NFL player
  • NBA is founded

    NBA is founded
  • Jackie Robinson MLB debut

    Jackie Robinson MLB debut
    First African American person to play in the MLB
  • Earl Lloyd first NBA game

    Earl Lloyd first NBA game
    Played for Washington Capitols, fist African American NBA player
  • Willie O'Ree makes NHL debut

    Willie O'Ree makes NHL debut
    First black hockey player, played for Boston Bruins
  • Muhammad Ali kicked out of restaurant for being blacl

    Muhammad Ali kicked out of restaurant for being blacl
    Gold Medal boxer not served at restaurant in his own town
  • Black Power Protest

    Black Power Protest
    1968 Olympics, When Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in protest at the 1968 Summer Games, Australian runner Peter Norman stood by them. It cost him his career.
  • 1985 NBA Finals

    1985 NBA Finals
    Magic Johnson and Larry Bird's rivalry helped transform basketball to white and black equality
  • Donald Sterling Racist Outburst

    Donald Sterling Racist Outburst
    Cost him his job and ban from NBA.
    His outburst: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhT6d5fMhzI
  • NBA becomes first sports association to accept racial protest

    NBA becomes first sports association to accept racial protest
    After many years of professional sports being around, it took until 2016 for racial protest to be allowed
  • Colin Kaepernick decides to sit during National Anthem

    Colin Kaepernick decides to sit during National Anthem
    Caused an uproar in the community and hatred towards Kaepernick from fans
  • Colin Kaepernick starts kneeling during anthem

    Colin Kaepernick starts kneeling during anthem
  • 49ers inform Kaepernick hes no longer on team

    49ers inform Kaepernick hes no longer on team
    Many believed it was because of the off field distractions brought to the team. Stephen A. Smith's take on the situation in 2017:https://www.newsweek.com/colin-kaepernick-nfl-return-keep-mouth-shut-stephen-smith-1471708