Muhammad Ali refuses Induction into the US Army
1967 – Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali refused induction into the United States Army on religious grounds. As a result, he was stripped of his Heavyweight title and was convicted of draft evasion and sentenced to five years in prison and given a $10,000.00 fine. He was also banned from boxing for three years. He appealed and stayed out of prison until his conviction was overturned by the United States Supreme Court in 1971.
About his refusal to enlist, Ali famously stated “I ain’t got not quarrel with those Vietcong.”