The athlete refused to serve in Vietnam for religious reasons. But he was found not guilty of evading the army.
The US president said he could posthumously pardon the boxer Cassius Clay (better known by his Muslim name – Mohammed Ali). This was reported by The Washington Post with reference to the Associated Press news agency.
The head of the US administration did not specify to which specific case the presidential decree on pardon would apply.
In the late 1960s, Cassius Clay sued the United States for a case of evading military service in the US Army. An athlete who refused to fight in Vietnam, linked his decision to religious reasons: shortly before that, he converted to Islam and changed his name. In 1971, the US Supreme Court unanimously recognized Clay as innocent.
May 24 Trump also pardoned the black boxer Jack Johnson, who was convicted in 1912 for violating the ban “to transport women to the territory of another state for immoral purposes.” The signing of the presidential pardon was attended by a British black boxer Lennox Lewis and actor Sylvester Stallone.