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Fans lined up around the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville on Wednesday to pick up free tickets to Muhammad Ali’s upcoming funeral.

While some wanted tickets to honor the late boxer, others were apparently just trying to make a buck. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that some people are willing to pay as much as $25 for tickets to Ali’s funeral.

Tickets to the funeral were given out on a first come, first serve basis outside the Yum! Center on Wednesday. Thousands left and were unable to get tickets.

Ali family spokesperson Bob Gunnell was not happy when he heard that people were attempting to sell the funeral tickets, saying that Ali wanted the funeral to be a free event.

“I’m personally disgusted and amazed that someone would try to profit off of Muhammad Ali’s memorial service,” he said.

Those who are attempting to sell the tickets have gone mostly quiet when asked about their decision to sell the tickets. One seller hung up on a reporter when they asked how much the ticket was going to be sold for.

The funeral has become a highly-regarded event. Outside of Ali’s name-recognition, former president Bill Clinton will eulogize Ali.

Seeing people attempt to make money on funeral tickets is just another reason to lose trust in mankind.

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Ryan is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri and has recently returned to his Minnesota roots. He previously has worked for the Columbia Missourian, KFAN radio in Minneapolis and Feel free to email me at rwilliamson29 AT Gmail dot com.