President Trump Saturday explained he could be taking into consideration a "rdquo entire pardon &; to get boxing's original black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, after being encouraged to do so by "rdquo & Rocky; celebrity Sylvester Stallone".
Could Jack Johnson receive a presidential pardon more than 70 years after his death?
Two years later, he faced off against boxer Jim Jeffries, who had been called out of retirement and was referred to as the "great white hope" because many white fans wanted him to beat Johnson and take back the heavyweight crown. 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". The Mann Act purported to prevent human trafficking for the objective of prostitution, but critics have argued it was applied inconsistently to criminalize African Americans and those with dissenting political views. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images) The US boxer Jack Johnson, (1878 - 1946), training.
Johnson didn't serve his prison sentence until 1920 because he left the country following his conviction. Stallone joins the likes of Arizona Senator John McCain and former Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid, who have previously sought a pardon for Johnson. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images) Jack Johnson, right, of the US, world heavyweight title holder since 1908, in action against Jess Willard of the US at Havana, Cuba in 1915.
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But it was his conviction in 1913 that ended his boxing career and unfairly tarnished his reputation for years to come.
Haywood said she didn't find out she was related to Johnson until she was 12.
Posthumous pardons are rare, but not unprecedented. Peter King and Gregory Meeks, petitioned the Obama administration to grant a pardon to Johnson.
If he's pardoned by the president, it'll be the first time it's ever been done to someone who's already dead.