Muhammad Ali: President Trump mulls draft dodging pardon

President Trump said Friday that he's thinking about pardoning deceased boxing legend and civil rights activist Muhammad Ali.

Ali refused to enter the military during the Vietnam war and his local draft board rejected his application for classification as a conscientious objector.

Ali was convicted in 1967 of draft evasion.

This led to Ali's arrest and conviction, which was later overturned on appeal by the US Supreme Court.

The president, while speaking to newsmen before he departed for a Group of Seven summit in Canada, also said he would reach out to National Football League players who had been urging criminal justice reforms for their recommendations of people who had been treated unfairly. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "I'm thinking about that very seriously, and some others".

"We appreciate President Trump's sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary", the statement said.

Ali is one name on this list, Trump said, though it was not immediately clear why Ali would need a pardon because he has no criminal record. "There is no conviction from which a pardon is needed".

Trump has also previously floated pardoning Martha Stewart and a commuting the 14-year sentence for ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Trump already has granted a posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, more than 100 years after many saw as his racially charged conviction. He said he wants the athletes to tell him who they think has been treated unfairly by the justice system and he would consider pardoning them.

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