Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Trump mulls pardoning boxing great Jack Johnson after chat with Sylvester Stallone

Trump mulls pardoning boxing great Jack Johnson after chat with Sylvester Stallone

His great-great niece has pressed Trump for a posthumous pardon, and Sen. "Others've looked at this on time, many presumed it would be performed, but yes, I am considering that a Full Pardon!"

Johnson had a series of white girlfriends - one of whom he married - but in 1913 an all-white jury convicted Johnson of violating the Mann Act: Crossing state lines with a woman for an "immoral objective".

Donald Trump shared a tweet on Saturday declaring that he's considering a pardon for boxer Jack Johnson after Sylvester Stallone reached out to him to make the request.

"But this was white-on-black race riots in every corner of the United States, where groups of whites unhappy that Jeffries had lost went into black neighborhoods to kill African-Americans simply because of the color of their skin, simply because Jack Johnson was unforgivably black", documentary filmmaker Ken Burns told CNN's Carol Costello in 2005. George W Bush and Barack Obama, the first black president, did not act on the matter but the Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain has supported legislation for a pardon. The famous boxer died at the age of 68 back in 1946, so this wouldn't actually help the guy in any real way. He managed to escape and flee to Europe (like Roman Polanski, but for a much like horrifying crime), before returning to America in 1920 to face the music and serve his sentence in prison.

The tweet came a week after Trump pardoned I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who had been a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, arguing that Libby had been "treated unfairly" by a special counsel. He then mowed down a series of "great white hopes", culminating in 1910 with the undefeated former champion, James J. Jeffries.

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In 2017, the Telegraph said he was the third-best boxer of all-time. Johnson was black, his girlfriend was white. And Jack Johnson was the first great showman.

Lawmakers have been trying to pardon Johnson for years.

Since the turn of the century, a campaign for a posthumous pardon has gathered pace.

Since entering office, the president has issued three other pardons, some of them controversial.

If he's pardoned by the president, it'll be the first time it's ever been done to someone who's already dead.

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