Muhammad Ali family lawyer to Trump: thanks, but no pardon needed

By Daily Sports on June 9, 2018

Views: 189

U.S. President Donald Trump’s comment on Friday that he might pardon boxing legend Muhammad Ali drew a prompt response from the late heavyweight champion’s estate: thanks but no thanks.

“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,” said Ron Tweel, a lawyer for the boxer’s estate and his widow, Lonnie.

Before leaving to attend the Group of Seven summit in Canada, Trump told reporters he was considering pardoning some 3,000 people, including Ali, who died in 2016.

“I’m thinking about somebody that you all know very well, and he went through a lot and he wasn’t very popular then,” Trump said. “His memory is very popular now. I’m thinking about Muhammad Ali. I’m thinking about that very seriously.”

The boxer refused to be inducted into the U.S. Army in 1967 during the Vietnam War, claiming conscientious objector status, and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was never imprisoned while his case was under appeal and in 1971 the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction.

Tweel, reached by telephone at his home in Virginia, said the White House had not contacted him or Lonnie Ali about a potential pardon. He said he had been in contact with the widow after Trump’s comments and they decided to issue a statement on behalf of the family.

“We heard what he was contemplating and it needed a response,” he said. (apa.az)

•Photo shows a 1976 image of Mohammed Ali 

Source Daily Sports

Posted June 9, 2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

You may also like...
Okagbare to compete in three events at Rio...

Ajoku’s header seals crucial win for Heartland against...

Injury-hit Algeria also lose Napoli star Ghoulam

Federer confident despite No. 17 ranking

I want to be in the Olympics -...

Rohr defends Uzoho invitation extension

 

Latest News Lukaku, Ronaldo in race for World Cup Golden Boot Argentina players ‘will decide team’ for World Cup clash with Nigeria as camp descends into anarchy Wolves and Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme in remission after battling leukaemia Late winner revives defending champions Germany's World Cup hopes Russia 2018: Belgium on the verge of second round qualification after crushing hapless Tunisia Drogba praises Musa’s goals against Iceland in World Cup cracker Pundits and fans wonder how Stoke City signed Etebo Nigerian offensive lineman Ike Danielson Ike recaps ‘great’ visit to Michigan Djokovic powers into first final in 12 months, collides with Cilic at Queen’s World Cup: Argentina beatable; it will be fire-for-fire — Musa Prison Staff Primary School, Idia College Asoro Grammar School shine at Edo State Rocketbull Schools Rugby Sevens Tournament 2018 World Cup: How we tamed Iceland — Rohr

 

Most Read Rangers International going, going . . . (43,704 views) Amaju Pinnick: A cat with nine lives (36,070 views) Missing $150,000 IAAF Grant: Solomon Dalung’s Hide and Seek game (35,004 views) Sports Development: Zenith Bank on the zenith (33,945 views) Current issues in Nigerian sports: Matters arising (33,018 views) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s solid footprints, commitment to sports development in Kano State (32,706 views) Commonwealth Games 2018: Shame of Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon Dalung (32,276 views) Olopade, BET9A wave of revolution in NNL (31,938 views) Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest? (29,268 views) World Cup Friendlies: Eagles Beware! (28,541 views) Let’s save Kelechi Emeteole's life! Let’s follow Omeruo, others' shining examples (28,214 views) Nkechi Obi and Nationwide League: One success story (27,545 views)

 

 

 

 

 

News Athletics (242) Basketball (94) Boxing (481) Columnists (313) Euro Soccer Update (2982) Fans Assembly (3) From the Grassroots (39) Golf (62) Interviews (13) Live Commentary (2) News (3653) NPL Glo Premier League (950) People and Places (22) Readers Parliament (5) Tennis (391)

 

 

 

Phone numbers

Tel: +234(0)8066020976
+234(0)8055068145
+234(0)7013416146
+234(0)8094272884

Email addresses

info@dailysportsng.com
support@dailysportsng.com
publisher@dailysportsng.com

Office address

No 3, Adetoun Close, Off College Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.
Website: www.dailysportsng.com

Social Media