Ali Family respond to Trump offer: ‘There’s no conviction to pardon’
Muhammad Ali’s representatives have turned down an offer from Donald J. Trump, current President of the United States, in his bid to pardon Muhammad Ali in the near future.
Trump recently spent time with Sylvester Stallone, Deontay Wilder and Lennox Lewis in Washington as he confirmed a pardon for ex-heavyweight champion Jack Johnson – and wanted do similar for Ali.
In 1967, Ali was charged with draft-dodging after failing to enlist for the Vietnam War and spent three years out of the ring despite avoiding jail time.
“He was not very popular then; his memory is very popular now. I’m thinking about Muhammad Ali. I’m thinking about that very seriously,” said Trump.
Two years on from Ali’s death, Trump was offering a posthumous wiping of the slate as the former Apprentice TV star continues his campaign on boxing royalty.
In response, Ali Family lawyer Ron Tweel said: “We appreciate President Trump’s sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary.
“The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Muhammad Ali in a unanimous decision in 1971.
“There is no conviction from which a pardon is needed,” he added.
Ali made a successful comeback from his exile, winning the world title two more times before retiring in the 1980’s.