The son of the iconic boxer, Muhammad Ali, has spoken out against the "racist" Black Lives Matter protests and has even defended the actions of Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to read more about his controversial stance on the matter...
All across the country, people are coming together to stand up against racism.
via: GettyEver since George Floyd, an unarmed and defenseless black man, died while being held in a police restraint, our country has experienced a wave of anger like never before.
The Black Lives Matter movement is more prominent than ever...
via: GettyAnd millions of people have been marching for the racism and injustice in this country to come to an end once and for all.
However, not everyone has been so supportive of the movement.
via: GettyWhile the majority of American's have been in favor of the protests, there is a small minority who have been speaking out against them.
Mostly, these people are coming from far-right groups...
via: GettySo most of us aren't too shocked.
However, someone from an incredibly high profile family has now expressed his distaste for the protests...
via: GettyAnd none of us were expecting it.
Muhammad Ali's son, Muhammad Ali Junior, is the latest figure to speak out regarding the protests...
via: GettyAnd his comments have been met with a lot of controversy.
Now, most of you will remember Mohammad Ali as the boxing legend from the 1960s and the 1970s.
via: GettyAli rose to fame after his incredible performances in the ring and, even after his death in 2016, he is still regarded today as one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century.
And, as well as his athletic achievements, Ali was known for his philanthropy.
via: GettyThe boxer was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1984, so he devoted much of his time to philanthropy, and even went on to earn the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.
He also used his platform to speak out against racism.
via: GettyThe boxer would frequently discuss the issues surrounding being black in this country, and strove towards a better, more equal America.
So, you'd think that he'd be a huge fan of the BLM movement, right?
via: GettyWell, according to his son, the boxer would have "hated" these "racist" protests.
The boxer's only biological son has recently spoken out against the protests...
via: GettyAnd he made some pretty controversial comments in the process.
To mark the 4th anniversary of his father's death, Mohammed Ali Junior weighed in on how the boxer would have responded to these protests.
via: GettySpeaking to the New York Post, the forty-seven-year-old, who is now a father of 2, explained how, despite being all for the BLM movement, his father would have hated the violent protests.
He claimed that his father believed that "all lives matter."
via: Getty‘‘My father would have said, ‘They ain’t nothing but devils.’ My father said, ‘All lives matter.’ I don’t think he’d agree."
via: Getty“It’s not just black lives matter, white lives matter, Chinese lives matter, all lives matter, everybody’s life matters. God loves everyone — he never singled anyone out. Killing is wrong no matter who it is."
Ali believes the movement will do more damage than good.
via: Getty"It’s a racial statement," he said. "It’s pitting black people against everyone else. It starts racial things to happen; I hate that."
He then went on to explain how his father would have hated the violence...
via: GettyAnd that he would have been "sickened" by the looting and vandalism. "Don’t bust up s***, don’t trash the place. You can peacefully protest."
And then, he moved onto the issue of police brutality, which he doesn't think is a problem in this country.
via: GettyDefending the law enforcement in this country, he said: "Police don’t wake up and think, ‘I’m going to kill a n***** today or kill a white man. They’re just trying to make it back home to their family in one piece."
And claimed that he has never had an issue with the police as a result of his skin color.
via: Getty“Not all the police are bad, there’s just a few. There’s a handful of police that are crooked, they should be locked up," he said. “I never had a bad scene with a cop. They’ve always been nice and protect me. I don’t have a problem with them."
He even went on to defend Derek Chauvin, the police officer who fatally knelt on George Floyd's neck.
via: GettySpeaking of Floyd’s killing at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer, Ali said: “The officer was wrong with killing that person, but people don’t realize there was more footage than what they showed. The guy resisted arrest, the officer was doing his job, but he used the wrong tactic."
Ali finished his interview by reiterating his support for both his father and President Trump.
via: GettyWhat do you think? Does Ali have a point on the violent protests? Or is he simply tarnishing his father's memory with his outlandish claims? For more on the BLM protests, keep scrolling to read about the police officer who comforted a frightened little girl...