i;ve told myself so many times not to read gideon levy's pearls of wisdom, but the title was intriguing. so, here are some news for you, gideon; 1. great athletes are what they are- great athletes. you can/should use them as your role model in sports, but their sports-unrelated activities should be taken with caution. i am sure lapid meant only his sport-related activities 2. professional boxers in particular are not great thinkers, they rarely switch to become scientists or even journalists. their brain is usually well protect from that, just try to get one blow from someone like ali to see how much additional brain damage you will get. ali's life outside the ring, including his conversion to islam clearly supports this. 3. ali did not want to serve not because he was willing to risk his career to protest the vietnam war but because being a millionare celebrity, as you correctly mentioned, it was a small price to pay compared to the risk of being injured or killed. 4. re; your punch line- if ali has heard of his new fan he would not have a good laugh, in his present condition he would hardly understand who is lapid, where is israel and many other simple things.
from the article: Between Lapid and Muhammad Ali