Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

President Trump floats pardoning boxing great Muhammad Ali

Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a meeting with in Canada with US allies that his team was "looking at literally thousands of names" of people for potential pardons because they were treated unfairly or their sentences are too long.

Trump said that "instead of talk", he is going to ask protesting players to suggest "people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system".

"He was not very popular then; his memory is very popular now".

"I'm thinking about Muhammad Ali".

The iconic sportsman - who died in 2016 at the age of 74 - was convicted of refusing to turn up for military duty in 1967 after being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War.

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He was stripped of his heavyweight title and charged with draft evasion.

Although Ali's conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1971, it had a massive impact on his boxing career, as he didn't fight for more than three years, from March 1967 until October 1970, as no state would license him to box.

If Trump pardons Ali, it would be his second act of clemency for a deceased professional boxer.

Last week, Trump pardoned conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza. "I thought Kim Kardashian was great because she brought Alice to my attention. better than any celebrity I could pardon". "No, I'm not thinking about OJ", he told reporters.

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