Want to pardon Muhammad Ali, says Trump

Want to pardon Muhammad Ali, says Trump

Want to pardon Muhammad Ali, says Trump

President Donald Trump said Friday he may grant a pardon to the late heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who doesn't seem to need one.

"He wasn't very popular then", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn as he prepared to leave for Quebec for the Group of Seven summit.

Former world boxing champion Muhammad Ali signs for the pupils in the 1st Experimental Elementary School of Beijing on February 25, 1993 when he is invited as a guest for the Beijing International Boxing Champions Meet.

Meg Kinnard from the Associated Press announced via Twitter on Friday morning that President Trump said that he may pardon deceased boxing legend Muhammad Ali. "And some others and some folks whose have sentences that aren't fair".

Last month, Trump pardoned the late boxer Jack Johnson, who was convicted for transporting a white woman across state lines over 100 years ago. And Ali would also be covered by the blanket amnesty granted by President Carter in 1977.

Although Trump's statement about being treated unfairly was true, his willingness to pardon something that isn't there is not.

Regarded as perhaps the greatest boxer of all time, he was sentenced to five years in prison, handed a fine of $10,000 and was banned from boxing for three years.

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

Ali was immediately stripped of his heavyweight title and convicted of draft evasion. Ali's conviction for evading the draft was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971.

Ali's attorney, Ron Tweel, told CNN that there was no contact whatsoever between anyone in the Trump administration and members of the Ali family about the issue.

"We have 3,000 names" he said.

Trump said he is "looking at literally thousands of names" to pardon.

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

It was unclear why Trump would consider a pardon, given that Ali's conviction was overturned.

Trump and Ali had a complicated relationship before Ali died 2016.

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