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Michael Johnson

Descendants of SLAVES

Are Better Athletes

7/5/2012 6:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0704_michael_johnson_gettyU.S. Olympic legend Michael Johnson believes hard work only accounted for some of his record-breaking athleticism ... the rest can be chalked up to the fact that his ancestors were slaves.

Johnson -- one of the greatest Olympic sprinters of all time -- was talking to Sally Beck of the Daily Mail -- when he was asked about his world class athletic talent.

Johnson explained, "All my life I believed I became an athlete through my own determination, but it's impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn't left an imprint through the generations."

He added, "Difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me -- I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us."

"Over the last few years, athletes of Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American descent have dominated athletics finals. It's a fact that hasn't been discussed openly before. It's a taboo subject in the States but it is what it is. Why shouldn't we discuss it?"

In 1999, Johnson set the world record in the 400 meter dash at 43.18 seconds. He still holds the title.



So .... then what's Michael Phelps' excuse?

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jetfanglo    

W T F ?

842 days ago
2.

parlayer    

yea, makes since as they (slaves) only had there balls to play with.

842 days ago
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johnnydisaster    

But when Jimmy the Greek said the same thing he got fired....

842 days ago
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DRZ Inc.    

Phelps has the gene too his family descended from mermaids....

842 days ago
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scoopie    

but don't you dare call him racist, right?

842 days ago
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WTF    

You're welcome?

842 days ago
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Fat Mike    

You mean like Usain Bolt?

842 days ago
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brad    

Michael Phelps doesn't race black people. That's his excuse.

842 days ago
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livereater    

sadly, michael phelps was a slave just a few years ago.

michael johnson's point is correct about slavery helping athletes.

842 days ago
10.

OtherPeoplesPain    

So who would win between a black person and a Jewish person?

842 days ago
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Rich    

Just accept who you are (an athlete) and be proud and stop with the slavery crap.

842 days ago
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Todd    

What about the african long distance runners. I don't think that they were slaves.

842 days ago
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Uptick    

Not 'his descendants were slaves." you idiots. That would imply his children will be. You mean his ancestors were slaves.

842 days ago
14.

The Love Sponge    

I wander if there are any good performing and hard working sex slaves?

842 days ago
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taz    

TMZ descendants come AFTER, he would be talking about his ancestors, that came before. He sounds like an idiot and you guys aren't sounding any smarter.

842 days ago
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