Trump Weighing a Pardon for This Man

Sylvester Stallone called the president to push for a pardon for Jack Johnson

Sylvester Stallone called the president to push for a pardon for Jack Johnson

"Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson".

Trump tweeted Saturday that Johnson's "trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial". "Others have checked out this through the years, most thought it could be carried out, however sure, I'm contemplating a Full Pardon!"

Trump said that Stallone had called him and told him about Johnson, and that he is now considering a posthumous pardon. The White Home didn't say when the decision occurred, however Trump and Stallone have been acquaintances for years.

Chastised for his relationships - each of his three wives were white - Johnson was found guilty in 1913 of violating the Mann Act, a law which prevented the transport of women across state lines for an "immoral objective".

Johnson served a year in prison and was released in 1921.

Johnson died in a vehicle crash in North Carolina in 1946, at the age of 68.

The son of former slaves, he defeated Tommy Burns for the heavyweight title in 1908 at a time when blacks and whites rarely entered the same ring.

Johnson, a boxing legend and main determine in 20th century sports activities, bucked racial limitations and racism till his loss of life in 1946.

American boxer heavyweight champion and inventor Jack Johnson
Image American boxer heavyweight champion and inventor Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson, former heavyweight champion, and his wife are pictured on the S.S. Bremen in this undated file photo.

If there was a modern-day Jack Johnson, it probably would be a manifestation of Floyd Mayweather.

In 2016, a bipartisan group of lawmakers petitioned then-President Barack Obama to pardon Johnson. This 12 months, McCain, Sen. In 2017, Senator Cory Booker joined those efforts.

President Trump explained he's contemplating a pardon for fighter Jack Johnson.

"Despite this resolution passing both chambers of Congress several times in recent years, no pardon has been issued to date", McCain said in a statement at the time. "I hope President Trump will seize the opportunity before him to right this historical wrong and restore a great athlete's legacy".

American boxer Jack Johnson poses for a portrait circa 1909.

Trump has issued three pardons: To Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, convicted of racial profiling of Latinos in his districts; to Kristian Saucier, convicted of taking photos in a nuclear submarine, thus violating secrecy; and recently for Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was convicted for leaking the name of Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame.

But Johnson also refused to adhere to societal norms, living lavishly and brazenly and dating outside of his race in a time when whites often killed African-Americans without fear of legal repercussions.

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