Married four times, he was a serial adulterer (fortunately for him, such matters weren’t reported openly in his day) and though he acknowledged nine children plus an adopted son, there are many others, all across America, who claim him as their father.
They are still there today, cramped into damp, sparsely furnished tenement flat provided rent-free by Junior’s father-in-law, and surviving on welfare hand-outs and food-stamps. One of the four children born to Ali’s abandoned second wife, Belinda Boyd, ‘Junior’ was woefully neglected by his absentee father as a child, and badly bullied by boys who wanted to prove they could beat up the legendary champion’s son.
‘I told him that whatever had gone on in the past, I still loved him, and his eyes filled with tears.’But he claims to have been thwarted at every turn by Ali’s fourth wife Lonnie, who regarded him – unfairly, he insists - as a sponger and banished him from Ali’s life altogether after learning how he had tried to sell a pair of his father’s boxing gloves.
Though he desperately wanted to say his goodbyes to his father, he says he was kept at arm’s length until Ali drew his last breath.
He scored a debut goal in the 72 minute, just nine minutes after he came on.
Soony also logged 2 more goals for Sporting in reserve games against Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas, and scored once in a friendly against Guadalajara on October 12, 2011.
In June 2011, Saad signed a professional contract with Major League Soccer.
Then there is Muhammad Ali’s younger brother, Rahman, 71, who was once inseparable from him.He would pretend to have swallowed the cocktail of pills he needed to combat such classic Parkinson’s symptoms as tremors and panic attacks, for example, and hide them beneath a flower-pot.Or he might become unco-operative as his carer Marilyn attempted to dress him for the day, pulling his trademark pop-eyed faces at her choice of outfit – usually a colourful, loose-fitting cotton shirt and slacks – and making it difficult for her to do up the buttons.Saad set a state single-season record with 76 goals in his 2009 season while concluding his high school career with a state record 172 goals, plus 51 assists; breaking previous state high school single-season goals record of 69 set in 2000, and previous state high school career goals record of 169 set in 1995.Saad had a very successful freshman season, scoring 19 goals, smashing the previous record of 14 for most goals by a freshman at the University of Michigan, while setting records for shots and overall points.Perhaps as a result, he is a pitifully lost and confused character who has spent his life alternately trying to live up to his illustrious name – and making a few dollars from it on the side - and to escape it.