Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

President Trump says he may pardon late boxing champion Muhammad Ali

President Trump said Friday that he's thinking about pardoning deceased boxing legend and civil rights activist Muhammad Ali.

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

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

Ali was born Cassius Clay, and changed his name after converting to Islam in the 1960s.

Ali - who died in 2016 - refused to fight in the war when the government tried to conscript him in 1967, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to the USA involvement in the conflict. His decision resulted in a draft-evasion conviction, and he was stripped of his heavyweight boxing crown.

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Ali died in June 2016 at age 74.

In May, Trump also posthumously pardoned former heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson.

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".

Earlier this week, Trump commuted the life sentence of a woman whose cause was championed by Kim Kardashian West.

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