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    REST IN PEACE Emile Griffith

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    Emile Griffith, a supremely skilled fighter from the US Virgin Islands, passed away at age 75, at a nursing home on Long Island.
    A worker at the facility confirmed his passing to TSS.
    The fighter held the welterweight and then the middleweight title and was inducted into the New York Hall of Fame, in 1990. But he will likely be best remembered for more sensational circumstances.
    In the third meeting between Griffith and Benny "Kid" Paret, Griffith, incensed that Paret had belittled him as a "maricon" before the second bout and more so before the third, Griffith pounded Paret mercilessly in round 12. The ref looked on, frozen on March 24, 1962, as Griffith hamered Paret in a corner. The Cuban sagged, and never woke up. He died from brain injuries ten days later.
    The incident stayed with Griffith."I would have nightmares about Paret," he’d say. "I would dream I met him on the street and I would say hello and he would put out his hand and I would take it and it would be cold and clammy." Sleep could be an opening to nightmares, as he’d jolt awake, screaming in anguish.
    People worked to ban boxing in the States after that, and the televised brutality kept the sport off TV for a good ten years afterwards. But though his killer instinct--and yes, that phrase took on a sick qulaity in context to Griffith post-Paret, it must be noted--deteriorated, his skills were still present. He beat Dick Tiger in 1966 to win the middleweight crown. He lost it to Nino Benvenuti in 1967, but regained the strap six months later from the Italian. He lost the belt to Benvenuti in 1969, in the third and final scrap between the rivals. He received more title shots, one against Jose Napoles and two more, against, Carlos Monzon, but lost those middleweight contests. Griffith came up short in a junior middleweight title challenge, against Eckhard Dagge, in 1976. In 1977, he lost to Alan Minter, and hung up the gloves.
    It was no secret in boxing circles that Griffith, the five time world champion, enjoyed the romantic company of men, but the boxer danced around the issue for decades. He admitted to Sports Illustrated that he was indeed bisexual, in 2005--"I like men and women both"-- but made many busybodies feel fooolish for their judgement by noting that it wasn’t that important who he canoodled with. Each to his own, Griffith said.
    The fighter leaves behind his adopted son, Luis, and a legacy as a man who serves as a reminder of the ultimate price any person can pay in that ring, and as a symbol of acceptance, who helped usher the pushback against homphobia another milimeter forward.
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    Given the fact that Emile was who he was, you cant assume where any person has tread! You cant profile, you cant assume! People come in all shapes and sizes that are not visible to the eye! This guy was Champion of the World! Evrey person that has crossed his path has attested to what a nice guy he was! Im sure he did more for humanity outside the ring with his courage and honesty than he did inside the ring!

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    That nursing home worker broke federal law by opening his trap! HIPPA time. Anyway who cares what people do in the bedroom its all about what they do in the ring and Emile did great work. homophobia? how bout straight -aphobia. keep it private. its non of your business so stop stuffing down peoples throat on here.
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    Re: REST IN PEACE Emile Griffith

    Another Lion has moved on. RIP Champ.

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    Rip Emile.

    Deep water is correct with the hippa laws and violations.

    Agreed again with keeping personal business personal.

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    Re: REST IN PEACE Emile Griffith

    My deepest condolences. Holla!

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    With the movie "Ring of Fire" now close to 20 years old its no secret what Emmett was about.. it would been a missed opportunity not to mention his sexuality so fans of a new generation can be reminded of how things used to be...not that I'm an advocate..but I think the brief eulogy was treated with a fair measure of respect and in compliance with the proper tone you'd expect for the passing of an exceptionally gifted athlete.... Nobody else gets any privacy on this site anyway...... I hope Griffith's life was filled with more fulfillment than anguish...my respects go out to the Champs surviving family.
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    RIP Emile Griffith, no one should be judged based on their sexuality, it's what is done in the ring; with times now that goes without saying.

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    Two nice tributes. Here's a macabre piece of trivia: Name the first two individuals to die a violent death IN REAL TIME on national television. The answer, in chronological order: (1) Benny "Kid" Paret; (2) Lee Harvey Oswald. (One could quibble that Paret wasn't exactly dead when the show went off the air, but effectively he was.)

    As you can imagine, there was a great hue and cry that boxing ought to be outlawed. Paret's death spawned a "60 minutes" episode that was skewed toward this point of view.

    I've known many boxers -- ferocious guys inside the ring -- who emanate a soft, almost feminine side outside the ring. I think this dichotomy is more prevalent in boxing than in other sports, but maybe that's because boxing is more macho than other sports. RIP, Mr. Griffith.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arnek. View Post
    two nice tributes. Here's a macabre piece of trivia: Name the first two individuals to die a violent death in real time on national television. The answer, in chronological order: (1) benny "kid" paret; (2) lee harvey oswald. (one could quibble that paret wasn't exactly dead when the show went off the air, but effectively he was.)

    as you can imagine, there was a great hue and cry that boxing ought to be outlawed. Paret's death spawned a "60 minutes" episode that was skewed toward this point of view.

    I've known many boxers -- ferocious guys inside the ring -- who emanate a soft, almost feminine side outside the ring. I think this dichotomy is more prevalent in boxing than in other sports, but maybe that's because boxing is more macho than other sports. Rip, mr. Griffith.
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