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Terrible Humans Are Already Scalping Muhammad Ali Memorial Tickets
Muhammad Ali began planning his own memorial service a long time ago, and one of the things he insisted on was that free tickets be made available to the public. Thus, on Wednesday, 15,000 free tickets were handed out to fans at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville for Ali’s memorial service on Friday, where former president Bill Clinton will deliver the eulogy.
Unfortunately—but not surprisingly—people started scalping Muhammad Ali memorial tickets right after they were given out. So that sucks.
“It is deplorable that some people are trying to profit off of the solemn service as we celebrate the life of Muhammad Ali,” said Ali family spokesman Bob Gunnell. “I hope that those buying tickets or trying to buy tickets would stop those efforts by not purchasing. Muhammad Ali wanted this to be a free event, an event that was open to all.”
There is some good news, though. A lot of people who really want to go to the memorial service are refusing to pay for tickets because they want to respect Ali’s wishes.
One of them, a 22-year-old from Virginia named Basit Mohammad, went online looking for someone willing to give him tickets for free.
“I think [selling the tickets is] wrong,” Mohammad said. “It’s not how you commemorate someone, by making money off their death.”
Amazingly, someone from Louisville contacted Mohammad and offered him four tickets. For free.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]