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Don King sues ESPN for $2.5B

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by jacs, Jan 12, 2005.

  1. jacs

    jacs I'd Hit It

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    Rob Gloster / Associated Press

    NEW YORK (AP) - Boxing promoter Don King filed a defamation suit Wednesday claiming he was portrayed in a false light in an ESPN "SportsCentury" segment aired last May, and his attorney said King is entitled to damages of more than $2.5 billion.

    The lawsuit says the program accused King of being "a snake oil salesman, a shameless huckster and worse," claimed the flamboyant promoter underpaid Muhammad Ali by $1.2 million and claimed King - convicted in a 1967 beating death and acquitted in another killing in 1954 - "killed not once, but twice."
    Most of the material in the program had been printed or broadcast earlier about King, who has spent much of his career in court, but he said he had just had enough.

    "I just felt that this was the straw that broke the camel's back and I can't take it anymore, and I'm going to fight back," King said at a news conference. "I seek justice."

    King, wearing a garish American flag tie and two flag lapel pins, then quietly stepped back and let lawyer Willie Gary answer questions.

    Gary called the SportsCentury segment "a story designed to orchestrate and create an impression that is not there," and said the network had refused to retract parts of the program that offended King.

    The suit, filed in state court in Broward County, Fla., names ESPN and its parent company, Walt Disney Co., among the defendants. Also named are Disney-owned ABC Cable Networks, which actually controls ESPN, and Advocate Communications, a Florida-based cable and satellite system.

    "We have not seen a copy of the lawsuit, so we are not in a position to comment on it," said Mike Soltys, ESPN's vice president of communications. "However, SportsCentury is a Peabody- and Emmy-award winning series of more than 250 biographies that is widely respected for its journalistic quality and integrity."

    The suit also says SportsCentury accused King of threatening to break the legs of heavyweight Larry Holmes and of cheating boxer Meldrick Taylor out of $1 million from a fight and then threatening to have Taylor killed.

    "It was slanted to show Don in the worst way. It was one-sided from day one," Gary said. "Don is a strong man, but he has been hurt by this."

    King has represented fighters from Ali to Mike Tyson, and has been sued by several of them - including a $100 million lawsuit filed against him by Tyson. King paid $7.5 million to former middleweight champion Terry Norris in late 2003 to settle a suit. King sued former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis for libel.

    King also has beaten federal charges, including tax evasion and fraud. He served nearly four years in prison for the 1967 beating death of a man who owed him money. In 1954, he killed a man who was robbing a numbers house he operated in Cleveland, but it was ruled self-defense.

  2. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament...

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    He should fire his hairdresser instead...
  3. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    What are you talking about....that is his style...and not everyone can make the style of a lucky troll work for them.
  4. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament...

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    I meant sue... not fire...

    That is no style... perhaps you could loan him your pimp hat... :D
  5. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    The wife's little sister took it back.

    She bought it for me and then when people were laughing at how silly it looked she wanted it back...which didn't bother me as I was not going to be wearing it around anyways lol.
  6. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    The hat probably wouldn't fit and would probably catch on fire from the static electricity.
  7. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament...

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    Oh that hat would fit... BP used to have a picture of it in his avatar...

    Post it in here BP... so WG can marvel at your bling...

    You may be right about the fire hazard though...

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