At the 1996 Olympics, Ali was re-presented a Gold.
According to Bob Costas, as he was introducing the segment, the story that Ali had thrown his medal into the river was a myth–that it had actually been lost in a move at some point.
However, in a newspaper interview in 1997 (a Kentucky paper–I don’t remember which one), Ali reaffirmed the story about throwing it into the river.
So, there are a couple of possibilities:
Bob Costas was right.
Bob Costas was given bad information and didn’t know it.
Bob Costas was deliberately giving bad information.
Ali was right.
Ali was giving bad information (to the paper).
Ali’s brains have been scrambled to the point that he doesn’t have any idea what really happened to his medal.
I guess there are other possibilities, but those are the ones that immediately come to mind.
Anyone with the “straight dope” on this?