Dr. John Carlos is a medaled USA Track and Field Hall of Fame athlete and Olympian. Competing in the 200 meters, Carlos earned the Gold in the 1967 Pan American Games, and the Bronze in the 1968 Olympics. A record setter, Dr. Carlos led San Jose State to its first NCAA championship in 1969 with victories in the 100 and 220, and as a member of the 4×110-yard relay. He also set indoor world bests in the 60-yard dash and 220-yard dash at the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
As a youth growing up in Harlem, New York, John Carlos was a gifted athlete and student whose influences and sense of hard work and determination were instilled by his mother and father. It was a local police officer who first prompted a young John to pursue Track and Field as more than just a game of chase with the neighborhood kids. Dr. Carlos credits scholastic encouragement and organized athletics, along with community minded mentors, for keeping him focused, out of trouble, and the foundation for his drive to achieve and succeed.
Dr. Carlos made world history during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico, when he took to the international stage during the medal ceremony and made a speechless statement, heard and seen worldwide. Winning the 200 meter, John Carlos accepted the Bronze medal at the Olympic podium wearing black socks and no shoes to represent impoverished people who had no shoes of their own, and raised a black-gloved fist crowning a bowed head to humbly reflect the strength of the human spirit. Carlos was joined in his statement by teammate and gold medalist Tommie Smith, and both were supported by silver medalist, Australian, Peter Norman who wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge. Headlines were made around the globe and the photograph of the three medalists standing peaceably in protest at the ceremonial podium instantaneously became a historical symbol of the fight for human rights. International Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage immediately ordered Smith and Carlos suspended from the U.S. team and banned them from the Olympic Village. No penalties or repercussions were enforced on the Australian, Peter Norman by the IOC.
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A federal judge denied preliminary approval of the $765 million settlement between the NFL and retired players. U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody denied approval based on reservations that the $765 million would not be enough to cover the 20,000 retired players.
More information financial information needs to be provided from both sides to show and prove that all players and families will be paid. The payments are structured to span 65 years with players age and diagnosis to determine the amount paid to player.
Critics of the deal have said the NFL, which is a $9 billion dollar industry, is getting off too lightly with the $765 million dollar settlement. Lawyers who represented the players believe the settlement is fair, based on the challenges that they would have faced trying to get this case to trial. The NFL would have had to been proven guilty of withholding information about concussions and the players illnesses would have had to been directly linked to NFL service.
In total the NFL would have paid roughly $900 million dollars to players. This amount includes the $765 million settlement, lawyer fees and expenses.