Sports stars around the world have been remembering the life of Nelson Mandela who passed away yesterday, aged 95, in Johannesburg.
The former President of South Africa was seen as a man who, after spending 27 years imprisoned, later united a nation, and left a lasting legacy and memories for those who met him, and inspired others who knew of his story.
NBA Comissioner, David Stern, led one of many tributes from the US sports world by saying: “Nelson Mandela was one of the most powerful and inspirational leaders in the world and a great friend of the NBA. He led his nation to democracy at incredible personal sacrifice, and in rebuilding it, he understood how to harness the power of sport to inspire and unite people of all backgrounds. Our thoughts and hopes are with the Mandela family and the people of South Africa, and while we mourn his passing, we know that his legacy and quest for equality will endure.”
The NHL observed a minute’s silence ahead of each of Thursday night’s fixtures, whilst NBA, NFL, MLB and MLS stars were prominent on Twitter last night remembering the iconic leader – below are just some of the thousands of tributes that have been posted.
Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela and Thank you #RIPNelsonMandela
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) December 5, 2013
“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my… http://t.co/ii0J4Bpor1
— Luol Deng (@LuolDeng9) December 5, 2013
Thank you madiba. You will never be forgotten.
— Joakim Noah (@JoakimNoah) December 5, 2013
I thank God for giving me a chance to meet a great Leader and man of Faith. Miss you Madiba. pic.twitter.com/AwwiRqJHeg
— Dikembe Mutombo (@officialmutombo) December 5, 2013
Nelson mandela Rest in Peace #GodBless him and his family…
— Aurelien COLLIN (@ampC2) December 5, 2013
Very sorry to hear about the passing of Nelson Mandela. What an incredible legacy! pic.twitter.com/64OlDc8TX3
— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) December 5, 2013