President Donald Trump says he may pardon deceased boxing great Muhammad Ali, who was convicted in 1967 for draft evasion. "There is no conviction from which a pardon is needed", he said. He refused to serve in the Vietnam War because of his religious beliefs, declaring himself a conscientious objector, and saying, "I ain't got no quarrel with the Viet Cong". The Supreme Court overturned his conviction for resisting the draft in 1971. Trump said that "instead of talk", he is going to ask protesting players to suggest "people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system".
President Trump's reported obsession with his pardoning power shows no sign of letting up. "This is a group of 3,000 we have assembled", the president told reporters before departing for the G7 summit in Canada. Ali's lawyer confirmed in a statement that the boxing legend has no use for a pardon.
The former Cassius Clay died in 2016 at the age of 74 due to septic shock brought on by a respiratory illness.
Trump has been on a clemency kick, and earlier this week commuted the life sentence of a woman whose cause was championed by reality television star Kim Kardashian West.
He did not offer any other names, but said in response to a reporter's question that O.J. Simpson wasn't on the list.
It's unclear whom exactly Trump was referring to, but his commutation of 63-year-old Alice Johnson on Wednesday prompted speculation that Trump could commute the sentences of similar offenders convicted of non-violent drug offenses, who were given lengthy prison terms under harsh drug sentencing popularized during the 1980s and 90s.
The president has recently mooted pardons for lifestyle personality Martha Stewart and former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich.