Muhammad Ali Refuses U.S. Army Induction for Vietnam War
Just two years removed from knocking out Sonny Liston for the second time, Muhammad Aliwas in the prime of his career in April 1967 when he refused to be inducted into the U.S. military to go to war against Vietnam. Citing religious beliefs, Ali famously stated, “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Vietcong.” Two months later, Ali was convicted of draft evasion, sentenced to five years in prison, and banned from boxing for three years. Although he stayed out of prison due to a successful appeal, Ali had to stay out the ring until October 1970. For standing tall and strong in and out the ring, Ali is still the greatest.