Olympic gold medalist and former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman has some thoughts on what it means to be an American athlete today. Foreman is very much proud of the stripes and red, white, and blue. He said that he would never turn his back on the country that he loves.
Foreman won his gold medal at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, adding to his already impressive career in the ring. He’s a fighter at heart and that’s helped him go far in his career to be one of boxing’s very best. In an interview with Fox News, Foreman says he feels very protective over the country that he lives in. And he also when people criticize the country.
Foreman addressed recent Olympic athletes and their criticism of America.
“I have always loved America. And once you fall in love just like falling in love with your wife, no one can say anything about her,” Foreman told the outlet. “The next night she is still my wife. And I’m going to stay. That’s why you make that thing ‘until death do we part.’ That’s why nothing has ever shook my faith and love in the country and when you love a country, nothing can bother you. If you are halfway in love you are going to have a lot of trouble.”
George Foreman on America
George Foreman agrees that not everything in America is perfect. But he also wouldn’t live anywhere else in the world. The former boxer thanks the people he’s met from all backgrounds of life for truly helping him to realize what America is about. Some of those people included Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and former President Lyndon Johnson as well.
Foreman also addressed the matter of his views on the police, a hot button topic in the country. He says the police played an important role within boxing and the sports world.
“It was the police who started the PAL, Police Athletic League. They taught us how to box, They would travel from one state to the other to see that we won these golden gloves tournament. They sent us off to the Olympics. I have this fond memory and love for this country and the people in this country. Nobody will ever be able to talk me out of that. That’s love,” Foreman continued.
But he also has a message for current Olympic athletes as well. He called anti-Americanism a current trend in the sports world.
“It’s all fashionable to be anti-American. It’s fashionable. People ask me what are you talking about? Can’t you see what was done then and what was done now? Can’t you see? And I tell them swiftly, you can’t talk me out of my love,” he said.