Interview with Steven Dunkley
QUESTION 23
INTERVIEWER:

As Ali walked out of the Induction Center Steven, what were your thoughts about what he had done, in terms of refusing induction, and if he had not refused induction, what did you think?

STEVEN DUNKLEY:

Well, as he walked out of the Center, ah, I, I was saddened because I--

INTERVIEWER:

Say Ali.

STEVEN DUNKLEY:

Muhammad Ali, as Muhammad Ali walked out of the Center my thoughts were that, ah, he had done the wrong thing. I felt that if he would have taken induction, ah, they would have, ah, put him in special services. He probably would have ended up like coaching the boxing team or something like that. Or, like Elvis Presley was, ah, assigned to a special unit in Germany or something like that. I believe, I'm not positive, but I think Elvis Presley made two movies while he was in the service and so I think Muhammad Ali probably a couple of fights would have been arranged and also, ah, he wouldn't have been stripped of his title as heavy weight champion of the world. So, I felt he that he should have taken induction and he should have served his country and he should have, ah, that he would have been treated fairly by the U.S. Army, I really do. I think he made a mistake.

INTERVIEWER:

Cut.