Skip to comments.Five questions with Don King
Posted on 08/31/2004 6:28:52 AM PDT by presidio9
After watching the speech by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani from an RNC skybox suite Monday, Boxing promoter Don King told CNN why he hopes President George Bush scores a knockout in November.
CNN: What do you think of the convention so far?
KING: I think it's a great start for a great future for this country for all Americans. I think it established the fact that George Walker Bush is a tough man with a tender heart. His leadership is impeccable and gives comfort to all Americans, friend and foe alike.
CNN: What brings you to the RNC. Is there a particular issue you are here to support?
KING: My issue is the inclusiveness of African-Americans who have been excluded. When George Bush says he wants one America he is reaching out to African Americans. He struck a chord that goes to the root of racism by appointing qualified people to top positions. Colin Powell as secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice [as] national security adviser, and in so doing he gave a new sense of dignity to those who have been disenfranchised, who have been left out, giving the very thing we've been seeking for 240 years ... by appointing blacks in important positions. Not that they are toadies or sycophants or Uncle Toms, but qualified people who just happen to be black ... symbolizing ... one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all. Four more years for George W. Bush.
CNN: Are you a lifelong Republican?
KING: I'm a 'Republicrat.' I'm for whoever's going to be doing something or the upward mobility of America, black and white alike.
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I heard this interview and thought he was great!
He ends every interview with shouting,
4 MORE YEARS!!!
4 MORE YEARS!!!
4 MORE YEARS!!!
At the top of his lungs!!!!! While waving American flags!!!
Gave me a new respect for his hair-do! LOL!!!
Amen! Don King earns my respect for once.
Are you listening Jessie? Al?
Don's stock just went up 500 points on my exchange.
LOL I know I will never make fun of his hair again! Because under that mop is a brain.. I found a new respect for him.
It's now trading at 500.....
I had no idea. Utmost respect for him. The hair draws attention for what he does for a living.
I saw him on Fox & Friends yesterday morning. He sure has a clear vision and terrific ability to express himself. I hope he shows up on every lamestream show possible between now and November.
I have seen him on FOX and somewhere else. I don't remember where. But he LOVES George W. Bush. He has been singing his praises every time I've heard him.
He also talks about W.'s faith!
The man has evidently been changed since 9/11!
I don't think most of us realize the depth, that event got burned into our lives.
Since we, here, are already Republicans.................we best be ready for all the new converts to conservatism, come into the fold!
Because they're coming! Praise the Lord!!!
If his stock went up 500 points on my exchange, he'd still have to pay me to take it.
You seriously want a convicted killer to speak on our behalf for the next 2 months?
Of course he supports Bush, he admits to being a "Republicrat" and Bush is the nominee of that party.
Sorry, I missed that part of King's bio.
The flamboyant boxing promoter Don King has made his mark in the courtroom as well as the ring. The ruling against him in the Supreme Court is just the latest chapter in his long involvement with the law. He has a criminal record and a number of civil lawsuits to call his own. Despite all his legal troubles, he has managed not only to stay one step ahead of the law, but to maintain his position of the dominant player in the often sordid sport of boxing.
King rose to boxing prominence by creating the George Foreman - Ali bout in Zaire in 1974 (the so-called "Rumble in the Jungle"). Each fighter received $5 million -- an unheard sum at the time -- because King got President Mobutu, the dictator of Zaire (now Congo), to put up the money for the fight.
King's first profession was in the illegal numbers business in Cleveland. In December 1954, King shot and killed one of three men trying to rob one of his gambling houses. Prosecutors determined King was defending himself and declared the death a "justifiable homicide."
Twelve years later, also in Cleveland, King beat a man to death who owed him money on the streets of Cleveland. Although convicted of second-degree murder, the trial judge (for reasons unknown) reduced the conviction from murder to manslaughter. Not only did King serve a short term of 3 1/2 years, he would receive a pardon from then Ohio governor James Rhodes.
Since then, King has stayed away from criminal court, but has given civil lawyers considerable employment. As the de facto head of an unregulated industry where boxers have little legal protection, he has exploited his power and skills to the detriment of many of those who battle in the ring.
But he has been sued for various contract and tort grounds and been investigated by the FBI and questioned by Congress. In 1977, a heavyweight tournament he promoted was tarnished when it was discovered that fighters' records had been falsified. ABC was embarrassed and diminished its role in boxing, but King moved on.
Years later, the an FBI probe uncovered evidence of payoffs, possible racketeering and an "association" with mob figures like John Gotti and Michael Franzese. When King was questioned during a 1992 Senate investigation about his Gotti connection, King took the Fifth Amendment.
In 1984, the IRS came calling. King was indicted on tax fraud and conspiracy. The president of his promotion company was convicted, but he was acquitted. After the acquittal, King demonstrated his gratitude by taking them on an all-expenses-paid trip to London to see Frank Bruno fight heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon. Some of the jurors asked for his autograph after the trial.
Speaking of Witherspoon, he was one of the few fighters to successfully sue King. He won a $900,000 judgment, but he saw little of that money.
Others have not been as "fortunate." Muhammad Ali sued King after his 1980 fight with Larry Holmes, claiming King shortchanged his purse by $1.2 million. He later settled for $50,000. Holmes said: "I make more money with Don King stealing from me than 100 percent from other promoters." Hardly a sterling endorsement of the business.
In 1998, prosecutors charged that King had cheated Lloyd's of London out of $350,000 in training expenses for a scheduled Julio Cesar Chavez fight in 1991 that was canceled. King was acquitted of insurance fraud, and he took the jury members and their families to the Bahamas and then to Atlanta to watch heavyweight champion Holyfield fight Vaughn Bean. King reportedly gave them envelopes of money for shopping on the islands.
King tried to manipulate the outcome of a bout. Mike Tyson was upset by Buster Douglas in February 1990 in Tokyo. King attempted to get World Boxing Council President Jose Suliaman to overturn the result, claiming the referee long-counted Douglas when Tyson put him down earlier in the fight.
King has been accused of coercing his clients into signing contracts with remark clauses (a practice barred by the Muhammad Ali Boxing Act).
Tyson filed a $100 million lawsuit against King, charging that the promoter had stolen money from him.
In 2000, International Boxing Federation founder Robert W. Lee went on trial on 33 counts of bribery, conspiracy, racketeering, fraud and other charges in a federal investigation that uncovered payoffs for ranking fighters. King was an unindicted co-conspirator.
Lee was acquitted of all but six charges, including the bribery charges, making it impossible to go after King. However, King's rival promoters Cedric Kushner and Bob Arum cooperated with the and for their efforts (including testimony on payoffs made), they were each fined and and suspended by several states.
As Don King has said: "Only in America."
I have never been so surprised in my life....DON KING in President Bush's corner!! He couldn't be more welcome and anyone he wants to bring along!! THe DNC has painted the GOP with anti everything colors for too long. I think the Convention and DON KING are showing the GOP has put up a BIG ALL INCLUSIVE TENT!!
Thanks for the context. I could remember something vaguely unsettling about Mr. King's dealings in the past. Google is still my friend.
The press isn't trying to tie him to the Republican Party.
He just jumped on board!
I think Don had an eye opening experience after 9/11.
I would not turn down someone's vote for truth and justice, because of their past. A vote, is a vote, is a vote!
He may be a stinker, but the aroma of common sense has wafed through the TV screen!
I want his Republican vote!
Like I said....gave me a new respect for his hair-do! ;-)
Read my post 19, and then reconsider your change of heart.
You know he's not the face of this party!
He just happens to be the loudest and most unlikely.
And you would switch parties because he wants to vote Republican, and says it on TV?
You have have to be kidding.......aren't you? ;-\
That is not what I said.
But if he is what we are about, I am not a Republican.
And I am sick to death of everyone embracing Don King and talking about him as if a vote for Bush makes him suddenly a good man. It doesn't.
George W. Bush will be reelected by a margin of at least ten per cent
GOOD FOR HIM.....
George W. Bush will be reelected by a margin of at least ten per cent
Who is he?
Don King - boxing promoter most famous for his hair style (or lack of one).
What did he do?
It is unknow from which of his arrests this mug shot originates. This is because between 1954 and 1966 King was a well-known criminal in Ohio. Alledgedly, he was arrested for murder, arson, suspicion of drug dealing, carrying a concealed weapon, and manslaughter.
When? Between 1954 and 1966.
Unknown for some of the offences, but he was alledgedly charged for the murder of Hillary Brown and manslaughter of Sam Garrett. The Hillary Brown murder was later ruled self defense. King was arrested for nonnegligent manslaughter after stomping and pistol whipping Sam Garrett to death. He was tried and convicted of 2nd degree murder, but a retrial was ordered by the judge. At the retrial King was convicted of nonneglient homicide.
Unknown for many of his arrests, but he alledgedly spent 3 and a half years inside for Sam Garrett's death.
Hole, did you update your boxing drawing to depict King at the convention?
What, in heavens name has got you upset this morning?
He waved flags and said he was voting for George W. Bush.
Now what's wrong in that?
BTW, Scripture says, there's none good, no one, but God alone. Luke 18:19.
So, NO, I didn't say he was a good man. I just appreciated what he said about our President.
He's as much the face of the party as Ron Silver or Zell Miller is.
They are all something other than Republican, and that seems to be the theme of this convention.
McCain, for example, is in the party, but I wouldn't call him the FACE of the Republican party.
Right now the face of the Republican party is GWB, and the face of the Democrat party is Kerry.
He's a con man, a circus barker. He's a good one, and sometimes amusing, but he's a con man just the same. Hide your wallet and don't sign anything.
That being said, I am glad for his vote, but that's about it.
Have you seen any indication that Don King has changed?
His troubles with ranking corruption are as recent as 2002.
I, for one, am not going to embrace a snake just because I like how he votes.
How did you come to be Bush's promoter?
At a dinner, I said, "You're a great fighter. I see you out there fighting." He said, "I don't know if I can afford you, Don." I said, "Mr. President, for you, I'll do it for free." That was a glorious moment.
How much time do you get with Bush?
At dinners, I spend maybe three or four minutes with him. And we chat in the photo ops.
Why do you like him so much?
Oooh! I get a passion! I'm getting excited right now when you said that. George Walker Bushhe's tough-minded but he's tender-hearted. He's trying to reclaim that glory of that American Dream for all Americans. He put African-Americans in top policy positions higher than any president. He took two people, black, and put them in charge of 300 million people for their security. Even the racists and the extremists and all those who are untoward and un-American, we're protecting them, too. This is a devastating blow to the color barrier. I assume you're talking about Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell. He's also got Alphonso Jackson in hud. He's got Rod Paige, secretary of Education.
What else do you like about Bush?
George Bush utilizes the big stick. Whatever means necessary. If he wasn't in that White House when we had that despicable attack of terrorism in New York, I shudder to think, I tremble at what would be happening. We would probably have to be doing this interview on the underground, secretly, for fear if we'd go to the street, the treachery that abounds would take alight.
You were such a vocal supporter of Clinton. What's Kerry doing wrong?
The Democrats is not doing nothing wrong. They're doing nothing. Martin Luther King says that both the Republican and the Democrat have a long history of using the black vote as a political football: Promise us everything, give us nothing. Kerry has not promised anything to blacks. That's why I tell every black American: In voting for George Bush, you're voting for yourself. We can go back to being Democrats in the next election. But Kerry did speak before the NAACP.
I don't know what Kerry said, but I could probably write his speech for him: "We gonna work together. It's been too long that you've been denied your rights." And then he's going to smile and say a couple of clichés as to what the freedom movement was and how we were all there. Martin Luther King said we must find a new white liberal. I submit to you, George Walker Bush is that new white liberal.
Has anyone come up after a speech at a black church and said he's changing his vote?
More than you'd ever dream. They don't have to say it for me to know I'm making sense.
Do you benefit from the Bush tax break?
All I can say is, thank God I can afford to pay them. Once I paid over $30 million in taxes over two years. I was so proud!
Would you ever bet on an election?
You know what? I'm betting on this one.
Not money. I'm betting on power.
Mr. King isn't running for president. He's just a guy that spoke out for Bush and the job he's doing. Mr. King isn't a threat like j. F'n Kerry, J.Jackass., McLame, and on and on...
Tell that to the families of the men he killed.
The first was a bad guy trying to rob him and the second was manslaughter during an argument over debts.
I am well aware of that.
I would say beating a man to death because he owes you money is a pretty good indicator of what kind of man he is, unless we have clear evidence that he has changed in the interim, which we don't.
"You seriously want a convicted killer to speak on our behalf for the next 2 months?"
Well Kerry says he killed and he is running for President. Ok, ok.. I am not praising Don King. He is however not in jail, runs a business and understands what is good for America at this time.
Would I give him money to invest for me? Probably not.
Yeah, 1965. The fact is that the guy knew who he was dealing with and refused to pay up. No one forced him to deal with him, or engage in that little underworld. Those other folks I mentioned use force under the color of law and will kill you if you don't obey them. They are far more vicious and dangerous than Mr. King ever was, or ever desired to be.
I don't care why he's doing it. He said something nice about president Bush and the Rs, and is promoting his reelection. That's what matters here.
I don't know how to tranfer you to the thread.
But look at the thread about Brittany Spears singing at the RNC.
Some of them have the same idea you or I have.
While I don't embrace him. I do accept his alliegence to vote for our party. It's a vote. Nothing else.
He is not the face of conservatism. And who thinks that?
We are a political party. If he wants to vote our way, what in the world do you suggest doing to stop him?
And why would you want to?
I'm sorry. But I do not understand your viewpoint.
He does not represent what I believe.
But neither do a lot of other people that vote in our party.
Look at the Log Cabin Republicans........I certainly don't agree with them either. But I'm not going to stop voting
Republican, because of them. And what about the pro-abortion Republicans? Do you not want their votes either?
I just want you to see the inevitable destination we will get to, if we don't want certain folks talking on TV about supporting the Republican ticket!
We would end up with the dims in charge, if we do not allow these people to exercise their right to vote for their choice.
And I do not want that!!!!
Burger King is more coherent than Don King.