His reaction came when he was approached for comment on the death of legendry athlete by a Malayalam TV news channel soon after the news broke out.
"I just heard that Muhammad Ali breathed his last in America. He was a great sportsperson from Kerala. He flagged the fame of Kerala sky-high by winning a gold medal," state sports minister E P Jayarajan was quoted as saying by the Malayalam TV news channel.
He was later trolled on social media for his foot-in-the mouth comment.
Kerala Sports Minister E P Jayaraman said Muhammad Ali won a gold medal for Kerala. Anadita, u can reactivate now.— NumbYaar (@NumbYaar) June 5, 2016
Kerala Sports Minister EPJayarajan believes #MuhammadAli was an eminent sportsman of Kerala who has raised Kerala's position in the world!!🙈— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) June 4, 2016
Kerala sports minister E P Jayarajan says " #MuhammedAli had won a gold medal, thereby raising Kerala’s position in the world” Oops !— Tinu Cherian Abraham (@tinucherian) June 4, 2016
Kerala "Sports Minister" EPJayarajan,said "Now only I came to know Md. Ali passed away in USA today. He was pride of Kerala" Hain!?— ॐRameshॐ (@rameshnswamy) June 4, 2016