‘Mistake is a mistake’: Kerala sports minister after Muhammad Ali gaffe

In a Facebook post, he said the person who called him from the TV channel told him that “our Muhammad Ali has died in America” and that he should give a condolence message.

By: Express News Service | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: June 6, 2016 4:02 am
muhammad ali, EP jayarajan, jayarajan, kerala sports minister, jayarajan muhammad ali, muhammad ali remark, kerala minister, kerala minister on muhammad ali Kerala Sports Minister EP Jayarajan (left) and legendary boxer Muhammad Ali

A day after he was trolled in the social media for describing legendary boxer Muhammad Ali as a Keralite on a TV channel, Sports Minister E P Jayarajan Sunday admitted his mistake.

In a Facebook post, he said the person who called him from the TV channel told him that “our Muhammad Ali has died in America” and that he should give a condolence message.

“At that time, I was not aware that the boxing champion of yesteryear had passed away,” Jayarajan said.

“I wasn’t aware that the channel wanted my reaction on the death of Muhammad Ali, the boxing champion and a US citizen… I thought it was some veteran sportsperson of Kerala who had passed away,” he said.

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