Khalilah Ali, the former wife of Muhammad Ali, says Donald Trump should focus his energy on those living instead of wasting his time pardoning the late boxing legend.
In a phone conversation with TMZ Sports, Khalilah Ali, who was married to Muhammad from 1967 to 1976, said she was shocked to watch Trump tell the media he’s considering pardoning Ali for his conviction for resisting the draft in 1971.
“Muhammad Ali fought for his freedom and his rights..and he was successful, so there’s no necessary need for a pardon….plus he’s gone.”
Khalilah says if Trump really respects what Ali stood for then he would “pardon” NFL players who knelt during the national anthem.
“I think the pardon should go to those who kneel….that’s who should get the pardon,” Khalilah added. “That would be putting it in the right perspective, because if he accepts Muhammad Ali in being right for what he did….then that pardon should be going out to all of those people who kneel.”
If you haven’t heard, the NFL recently approved a new policy requiring all players and team personnel who are on the field during the national anthem to stand. A statement from Goodell said team owners unanimously agreed that the NFL can fine a team whose players protest during the National Anthem and that each team will set its own rules regarding players who want to kneel.
“It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic,” Goodell said. “This is not and was never the case.”