• Muhammad Ali Jr. claimed his father would've called the Black Lives Matter protests "racist"
  • Ali Jr. thinks George Floyd should have been arrested, but the police officer used the wrong tactics
  • Ali was also an activist during his prime

Muhammad Ali’s only biological son, Muhammad Ali Jr., has claimed that his legendary father would’ve called the Black Lives Matter movement racist.

Aside from being a legendary boxer, Ali was also an activist who stood up against racism throughout his life. In 1968, the then-undisputed heavyweight champ jeopardized his own career after refusing induction into the U.S. Army and famously saying, “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong.”

Fast forward to the present, his only son, Ali Jr., was asked to predict how his late father would have reacted to Black Lives Matter, a movement which kind of resembles what his dad once fought for, and the protests still being held in the U.S. and many countries.

On the fourth anniversary of his death, The New York Post had an exclusive talk with Ali Jr. to discuss his iconic father and BLM. According to Ali Jr., his dad was indeed known for playing a major role in the fight for racial equality. However, he is certain that his dad would have been sickened by what people have been doing after George Floyd’s death. Ali Jr. predicted that the boxing GOAT would have even called the movement “racist” and the protesters “devils.”

“Don’t bust up s–t, don’t trash the place. You can peacefully protest. My father would have said, ‘They ain’t nothing but devils.’ My father said, ‘all lives matter,’” Ali Jr. said.

“I don’t think he’d agree [with the movement],” he added.

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Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali's hospitalization is a "sad situation," his ex-wife said. Above, the three-time champion is pictured in 2005. Getty Images

Digging deeper on Floyd’s death at the hands of police, Ali Jr. insisted that it is not only Black lives that matter, but all lives do. The 48-year-old also said that what people don’t realize about Floyd’s case was that there was another video footage where the Minneapolis native could be seen allegedly resisting arrest. For Ali Jr., it was right to arrest Floyd, but the police officer clearly had the wrong tactic.

“I think it’s racist. 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 said during an hour-long interview with The Post.

“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,” he continued.

Floyd’s death has urged some in the sporting world to take part in the fight for racial equality and social injustice.