UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — U.S. President Donald Trump said that he’s considering posthumously pardoning heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali — although there are questions as to whether he actually needs one.
Trump told reporters on Friday, June 8 that he had been looking at “thousands of names” of people who could be granted clemency, adding that he was “thinking about Muhammad Ali.”
However, Ali may not need a pardon at all because he has no criminal record.
Ali was convicted in 1967 for draft evasion and sentenced to five years in prison after refusing military service in Vietnam.
The outspoken activist and conscientious objector was also stripped of his heavyweight title and effectively barred from his sport for over three years.
However, in 1971, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned his conviction.
In a statement Friday, Ali’s attorney, Ron Tweel, said that although he appreciated “President Trump’s sentiment… a pardon is unnecessary,” given the court’s decision.