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Q: Cassius Clay ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Cassius Clay
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: azcat-ga
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Posted: 23 Nov 2005 10:17 PST
Expires: 23 Dec 2005 10:17 PST
Question ID: 596766
Has Cassius Clay ever spent a day of his life in jail? If so, when and why?

Request for Question Clarification by scriptor-ga on 23 Nov 2005 10:41 PST
By Cassius Clay, you mean the former boxer known as Muhammad Ali?


Clarification of Question by azcat-ga on 23 Nov 2005 11:53 PST
Yes, I know he never went to jail for the draft issue, but has he
spent a day in jail, ever? If so, what for and when? Thank you for
your inquiry;)

Request for Question Clarification by tlspiegel-ga on 23 Nov 2005 12:03 PST
Upon conversion, he refused to fight in Vietnam, was convicted of
draft evasion, spent 29 months in jail, and was stripped of his title.
"I knew the war was wrong," he said, "it was against my religious
beliefs, and I was willing to go to jail for those beliefs."

He was banned from the ring for three years until the Supreme Court
overturned his conviction in 1971.?
Subject: Re: Cassius Clay
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 23 Nov 2005 12:16 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Cassius Clay served a ten-day jail sentence -- his first -- beginning
December 16, 1968.  The offense was an old traffic charge...driving
without a license.

According to an article in the 12/17/69 New York Times:

Clay Begins Jail Term,
Calls it Good Training

...Clay, who prefers to be called Muhammed Ali, said the sentence
would be good training for his five-year term for draft evasion, if he
had to serve it.

Let me know if there's anything else you need on this.



search strategy -- searched newspaper databases for articles about
Cassius Clay/Ali and jail.
azcat-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Thank you for being quick and to the point.

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