When the news broke that Muhammad Ali passed away over the weekend, the world stopped as millions took the time to reflect on his memory as one of the most influential individuals of the 20th century. While nearly everyone praised the fallen fighter, one journalist decided to take a different route.

Piers on Ali

In addition to being a former three time boxing world champion and hall of famer, Ali also made headlines with his fierce opposition to the Vietnam War.

In regards to the war itself, Ali once said on his participation, "Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?" Ever outspoken, Ali joined the Nation of Islam shortly after defeating Sonny Liston for his first world title in 1964, where he would become vocal in his support for African-American pride while pushing back against white domination.

Journalist and former CNN host Piers Morgan decided to comment on Ali's death, and did so in controversial fashion.

"Muhammad Ali said far more inflammatory/racist things about white people than Donald Trump ever has about Muslims," Morgan tweeted out early Sunday morning.

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In response, Morgan was bombarded with backlash following his statement, being referred to as a "jackass" and a "mediocre talent" who was "obsessed" with "black reactions."

Morgan finally responded, tweeting, "I'm sorry for 'saying inflammatory things for attention'. That's the last thing Muhammad Ali would have condoned." Even after his apology, Morgan continued to push back at Ali for making racist comments.

Trump on Ali

Morgan's comments come just 24 hours after Republican front runner Donald Trump came under fire for his statementon Ali. Back in December, following a foreign policy speech by President Obama, the billionaire real estate mogul tweeted, "Obama said in his speech that Muslims are our sports heroes. What sport is he talking about, and who? Is Obama profiling?" Despite his comments, Trump sent another tweet out after Ali's death was announced, saying, "Muhammad Ali is dead at 74!

A truly great champion and a wonderful guy. He will be missed by all!" Despite the constant controversy surrounding his campaign, Trump was able to clinch the Republican nomination last month, and is set to face likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the general election this November.

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