President Trump is reportedly considering a posthumous pardon for legendary boxer Jack Johnson. If you’re wondering why, Trump says he was moved to take action after a call from actor Sylvester Stallone.
“Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial,” Trump Said via Twitter.
“Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!” he continued.
Johnson was the first black heavyweight champion of the world. An all-white jury convicted him in 1913 for transporting a woman across state lines for “immoral purposes,” after being pulled over with a white woman in his car. Johnson served a year in prison and was released in 1921. He died in 1946.