Muhammad Ali’s Stuck Moment as a Reluctant Adapter

October 18, 2011

His stuck moment: As a practicing member of the Nation of Islam, Ali was against the war in Vietnam when he received a draft notice in 1967. Refusal to serve meant a five-year prison sentence, $100,000 fine, losing his heavyweight championship title, and suspension from boxing.

He gut-checks his belief: He showed up for his scheduled Army induction but refused to step forward when his name was called. After the fourth unanswered call, he was arrested.

Unstuck result: Four years after his arrest and conviction, the Supreme Court reversed the ruling. In 1974, he regained his title by defeating reigning champion George Foreman.

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