Sports leagues mourn death of civil rights icon John Lewis – Reuters

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Members of the NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Soccer mourned the passing of civil rights leader and long-time United States congressman Rep. John Lewis, who died Friday of pancreatic cancer. He was 80.

FILE PHOTO: Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) speaks ahead of a vote on two articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., in a still image from video December 18, 2019. House TV via REUTERS/File Photo.

Lewis sustained a fractured skull by an Alabama state trooper on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma during a march for voting rights to Montgomery, Ala. He was the last surviving speaker from the March on Washington in 1963.

“The NBA Family mourns the passing of Rep. John Lewis, a great American hero and icon of the civil rights movement and the fight for equality who helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation and social injustice,” the league said.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also issued a statement on behalf his league.

“The National Football League mourns the loss of an American hero and icon, Congressman John Lewis,” the NFL said in a statement on Saturday. “Congressman Lewis devoted his life to advancing the causes of freedom, justice and equality for all. His leadership and courage helped to transform our nation, making it more just. We extend our condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and constituents and join them in celebrating his full life, his storied journey, and his unparalleled legacy.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was quick to share his condolences over social media.

“An example of true leadership. Rest In Peace to an American hero,” Brady said.

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