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Trump considering pardon for boxing legend Muhammad Ali

11 June 2018, 09:52 | Charlene Valdez

President Trump says he may pardon deceased boxing great Muhammad Ali

Trump floats possibility of pardoning Muhammad Ali

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he is considering pardoning some 3,000 people "who may have been treated unfairly", including late heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali.

Departing for the G7 summit in Canada, the president told reporters at the White House he was looking at "thousands of names" of people who could be granted clemency.

Ali, who was known as Cassius Clay before converting to Islam, was sentenced to five years in jail and fined $10,000 for refusing to enter the US military when he was drafted during the Vietnam War.

Ali's attorney Ron Tweel said in a statement Friday morning that Trump's pardon wasn't needed, due to the Supreme Court's reversal of Ali's conviction.

President Donald Trump's widely-mocked trial balloon of pardoning Muhammad Ali gave the legendary boxer's former wife the opportunity to suggest a better course for the commander-in-chief. The Supreme Court overturned his conviction for resisting the draft in 1971.

Trump said he was not considering pardoning O.J. Simpson.

FILE - Muhammad Ali, left, assumes his former fighting stance while joking around with Vietnamese people on the path outside of Ho Chi Minh's former home in Hanoi, Vietnam, May 11, 1994. Trump had previously met with reality star Kim Kardashian, a champion of Johnson's case, to discuss the pardon. The late heavyweight boxing champion refused to enter the military during the war, declaring himself a conscientious objector.

"The power to pardon", said Trump, "is a handsome thing".

Most recently, he granted clemency to a 63-year-old grandmother who had already served more than 20 years for a first-time, non-violent drugs charge.

In June 1967, Ali was convicted in federal court for violating selective service laws refusing the Vietnam War draft.

"The power to pardon", said Mr Trump, "is a handsome thing". His license to box was suspended in NY the same day, and his title stripped; other boxing commissions followed.

American heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali), training in his gym, 21st May 1965.

Ali died in 2016 after battling Parkinson's disease for over three decades.

To be pardoned, you need to have been convicted of a crime. The White House announced it had pardoned Johnson later Wednesday.

Ironically, the pardon would come after Trump has spent months railing against other black athletes using their platforms for protest: The NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem.

He said if the players or the athletes have "a friend or people they know about who have been unfairly treated by the system, let me know".

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