When Ali Declined to Be Drafted Thirty-eight years ago Thursday, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be drafted for the Vietnam War. Ali declared himself a conscientious objector on religious grounds. He was stripped of his boxing title and eventually sentenced to five years in prison.

When Ali Declined to Be Drafted

When Ali Declined to Be Drafted

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Thirty-eight years ago Thursday, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be drafted for the Vietnam War. Ali declared himself a conscientious objector on religious grounds. He was stripped of his boxing title and eventually sentenced to five years in prison.