Muhammad Ali Statement To Jason Rezaian of the Washington Post

Jan 28, 2016, 10:08 ET from National Press Club

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement from Muhammad Ali to Jason Rezaian of the Washington Post was issued today by the National Press Club.

"What a true blessing to learn of your release from Iran. It truly lifted a weight off my heart and I thank God that you are back home with friends and family. Your faithfulness, peace and faith helped you through this journey and will continue to lift you up throughout your life. It is my greatest hope that you continue sharing your gift of writing to share the true meaning of Islam with the world. – Muhammad Ali

In March of 2015 Muhammad Ali first spoke out for Jason Rezaian, calling on Iran to release the Washington Post reporter who had been unjustly detained in prison. Ali tweeted the day Jason was released (which was also Ali's birthday). This is the first statement he has issued since Jason has been released.

Contact: Bill McCarren, 202-662-7534 or for the National Press Club or Bob Gunnell, 502-554-0940 or for Muhammad Ali

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