U.S. Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders calls the late boxing great Muhammad Ali a personal ''hero'', and calls out Americans who discriminate against Muslims. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). U.S. Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday said heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was "a hero of mine" whose courage in and out of the ring made him immensely important to the United States. He also called out on Americans who say they "love Muhammad Ali but hate Muslims." Ali, who had long suffered from Parkinson's syndrome which impaired his speech and made the once-graceful athlete almost a prisoner in his own body, died on Friday at the age of 74. Along with a fearsome reputation as a fighter, Ali spoke out against racism, war and religious intolerance, while projecting an unshakable confidence that became a model for African-Americans at the height of the civil rights era and beyond. Bursting onto the boxing scene in the 1960s with a brashness that threatened many whites, Ali would come to be embraced by Americans of all races for his grace, integrity and disarming sense of humor.