“His fight outside the ring would cost him his title and his public standing. It would earn him enemies on the left and the right, make him reviled, and nearly send him to jail. But Ali stood his ground. And his victory helped us get used to the America we recognize today.”
Clintons ‘saddened’ by death of Ali
Also Former US president Bill Clinton said on Saturday that he and his wife, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, were “saddened” by the passing of Muhammad Ali.
“From the day he claimed the Olympic gold medal in 1960, boxing fans across the world knew they were seeing a blend of beauty and grace, speed and strength that may never be matched again,” read a statement from the former president’s office.
Clinton said he was “honored” to have awarded Ali the Presidential Citizens Medal at the White House in January 2001, just before leaving office.
The 74-year-old sports hero, who had been battling Parkinson’s disease for decades, DIED in a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona where he had been admitted earlier suffering from respiratory problems.
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