Scalpers are attempting to profit off the legendary athlete's death by selling tickets that were given out for free

By Stephanie Petit
June 09, 2016 08:40 AM

Muhammad Ali‘s family has blasted scalpers who are profiting off free tickets to the boxer’s memorial service in his hometown of Louisville.

Shortly after the family released 15,000 free tickets to the funeral, they began springing up on Craigslist for up to $100 each.

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One post included a photo of five tickets to the memorial service. It read, “Ali tickets for trade of things valuable. What you got.”

“It is deplorable that some people are trying to profit off of the solemn service as we celebrate the life of Muhammad Ali,” Ali family spokesman Bob Gunnell told the Associated Press.

Gunnell warned that officials were looking into the scalping, a crime punishable by a fine of up to $250 in Louisville.

“I hope that those buying tickets or trying to buy tickets would stop those efforts by not purchasing,” Gunnell continued. “Muhammad Ali wanted this to be a free event, an event that was open to all.”

Many of the Craigslist posts were flagged and removed from the site by Wednesday afternoon.

By Thursday, several posts on Craigslist encouraged fans not to buy tickets to the services.

“The family of Muhammad Ali would rather see those seats sit empty rather than know some black-hearted w—- profited from his death and disrespected his final wishes,” one post reads.

Ali died last week after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 74.

Former President Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal and Bryant Gumbel are expected to give eulogies at the Friday services in Ali’s hometown.