Trump says he may pardon late boxing great Muhammad Ali

Trump says he may pardon late boxing great Muhammad Ali

President Donald Trump said Friday that he is considering a pardon for late boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

The president said football players have "seen a lot of abuse" and "a lot of unfairness" and that he wants their input on his use of this executive power.

Trump floated the possibility of a pardon while speaking to reporters at the White House before departing for the Group of 7 summit.

Trump also said he was thinking about granting clemency to "some others", adding that he has a list of 3,000 potential names.

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Ali was born Cassius Clay, and changed his name after converting to Islam in the 1960s. "The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Muhammad Ali unanimously in 1971".

There has been no apparent indication more than 50 years later that Ali or his family had desired a pardon of any kind, and some say he was proud of his actions in resisting the Vietnam War.

Ali was convicted of draft evasion and lost his heavyweight champion title in 1967. Ali died in 2016.

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. That law made it illegal to transport women across state lines for "immoral" purposes. 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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