Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Donald Trump says he may pardon late boxing legend Muhammad Ali


US President Donald Trump has said he is considering a pardon for the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

"I'm thinking about somebody that you all know very well, and he went through a lot".

Ali refused to enter the military during the Vietnam War, declaring himself a conscientious objector.

Trump said he was considering a number of other pardons too and said that the pardoning power was "a handsome thing" for presidents.

Mr Trump made the comments to reporters at the White House before he left for the G7 summit in Canada.

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Ali was stripped of his heavyweight crown in 1967. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 1971. He regained the boxing title in 1974.

In May, Trump granted a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, boxing's first black heavyweight champion, after being urged to do so by "Rocky" star Sylvester Stallone.

Jackson had been convicted of violating the Mann Act in 1913 when it was ruled that he took a woman across state lines for "immoral purposes".

The former Cassius Clay died in 2016 at the age of 74 due to septic shock brought on by a respiratory illness. Just this week, he commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 65-year-old woman who had been serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense.

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