Muhammad Ali

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Earlier this week it was reported that the will of boxing great Muhammad Ali had been finalized. The boxing great’s estate is an estimated $80M and will be divided among his widow Lonnie Ali and his nine children. Ali had seven daughters and two sons that have displayed a strained relationship in the past. According to information released, each of the children will receive $6M and Lonnie Ali is to receive more than double that amount. There were reportedly deep family divides around the time of Ali’s death regarding the non-compliance with Muslim burial practices.

However, one his daughters, Maryum “May May” Ali, is disputing the claims of a family feud.

“My father raised me and my siblings to love each other and that is exactly who we are, very loving people. We are not in any feuds with each other or with our stepmother, Lonnie. It’s unfortunate that there is someone out there submitting stories with so many untrue statements. We try to ignore these articles, but they seem to be never-ending, which is sad because I know I have some wonderful siblings that simply want to live peaceful lives. The terms of the Trust is confidential and is not the business of the public,” she said.

An attorney for the Muhammad Ali Trust, which governs the distribution of his estate, said, “It was crafted to reflect his specific wishes and to protect his legacy.”

Ali’s only biological son, Muhammad Ali Jr., had until recently been living in poverty and dealing with a drug addiction. He was living with his mother and recently moved to an upscale Chicago hotel and has not been in contact with his siblings for support. He recently revealed to the media that his family is at odds with his brother Asaad who was adopted by his father and Lonnie in 1986.

Mo Barnes

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Maurice “Mo” Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.