Muhammad Ali refuses to be inducted in the Army during the war with Vietnam, claiming religious reasons. He said, “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Vietcong. They never called me n*****.”
He was prosecuted for draft evasion and sentenced to five years and $10,000 but remained out of jail during the appeal. He was stripped of his title and banned from boxing for three years.
On June 28, 1971, the Supreme Court overturned his draft evasion conviction with an 8-0 vote, saying the government had failed to properly specify why his application for conscientious objector status had been denied.