Trump Tweet: Considering full pardon for boxing legend

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President Trump suddenly sent out a statement on Twitter Saturday afternoon, announcing he’s considering a full posthumous pardon for Jack Johnson, the first black boxing heavyweight champion of the word.

Trump said a call from Sylvester Stallone has prompted him to consider issuing the pardon.

Johnson’s family has been trying to get a pardon issued for years, first requesting the pardon from former President George W. Bush, then former President Barack Obama, but the pardon was not granted from either administration.

In February, the Daily Mail reported that Johnson’s family has now turned to President Trump.

More than 100 years after boxing legend Jack Johnson was charged with bringing a woman over state lines for ‘immoral’ purposes, his family seeks a posthumous pardon from President Donald Trump.

His great-great niece, 61-year-old Linda E Haywood, has been looking for vindication since George W. Bush was in office and even has the backing of Senator John McCain. 

‘Jack Johnson was a boxing legend and pioneer whose career and reputation were ruined by a racially charged conviction more than a century ago,’ McCain said in a statement to The Associated Press. He has been in support of the pardon since 2004.

‘Johnson’s imprisonment forced him into the shadows of bigotry and prejudice, and continues to stand as a stain on our national honor.’

Trump tweeted on Saturday: “Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial. Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!”

Twitter users have already started responding, some praising Trump’s sudden attention to the matter, while others are protesting that he’s giving a nod to Stallone, when they say this is a pardon that Sen. John McCain has been fighting for for years.

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