Trump Says He May Pardon Convicted Boxing Champion After Sylvester Stallone Call

Elias Hubbard
April 22, 2018

"Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson". In 1912 he was convicted by an all-white jury and incarcerated for traveling with his lover, an 18-year-old white woman, in violation of a law at the time prohibiting the transport of white women across state lines for "immoral purposes". Bush pardoned Charles Winters in 2008, an American volunteer in the Arab-Israeli War convicted of violating the U.S. Neutrality Acts in 1949. "His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial", Trump wrote on Twitter.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018Johnson was the first black heavyweight champion of the world.

"Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!" he continued. Her mother also claimed she was insane. Johnson skipped bail and fled the country, living in exile, before ultimately surrendering and returning to service his one-year sentence.

Most famously, his story was fictionalised for the play "The Great White Hope", starring James Earl Jones, which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best play in 1969. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have campaigned for Johnson's pardon for more than a decade, and even passed a resolution for it in Congress.

"Mr. Johnson's conviction was motivated by nothing more than the color of his skin", Sen.

He added: "Johnson's imprisonment forced him into the shadows of bigotry and prejudice, and continues to stand as a stain on our national honour".

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