Stallone, Lewis, Wilder Get Jack Johnson Pardoned
On Thursday, Sylvester Stallone, WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, and former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis took to Washington D.C. and succeeding in getting former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, a full presidential pardon.
With reining Heavyweight champion Deotay Wilder and former heavyweight Lennox Lewis … Look at their incredible reach.… I think Rocky might have met his match for sure!! Great guys, great champions!We are in Washington for the presidential pardon of the first black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson!!!
Stallone has been one of the chief advocates of granting a posthumous pardon to Johnson, who was sentenced to one year and one day in jail in 1913 for violating the Mann Act against “transporting women across state lines for immoral purposes.”
At a ceremony today in the West Wing, President Donald J. Trump (R), called Johnson “a truly great fighter, had a tough life,” but served 10 months in federal prison “for what many view as a racially-motivated injustice.” President Trump told reporters that the conviction took place during a “period of tremendous racial tension in the United States.”
“He was treated very rough, very tough,” Mr. Trump said Thursday as he signed what he called an “executive grant of clemency, a full pardon” to Johnson.
Johnson, an African American, would be arrested twice for the “violation” first with his second wife Lucille Cameron, the second time for a relationship he had prior to Cameron with an alleged prostitute Belle Schreiber, who he was with in 1909 and 1910. Both of the women were Caucasian. Johnson would jump bail and flee the United States for seven years, before surrendering at the Mexican border and serve his sentence from September 1920, to July 1921.