You would think that a headline like the above would be some sort of gross exaggeration or a misreading of the facts in a study. No no, good people, no no: daddy will make you dead without even wanting to. That’s the lesson from the World Boxing Council’s annual convention, where president Jose Sulaiman wants to ban fighters’ fathers from their corners.
(Brothers, on the other hand, are still allowed.)
The reason for something as extreme as that is a study conducted by the WBC that found that in most instances of a fighter dying in the ring, the fighter had his father in his corner - meaning that the facts suggest that the fathers didn’t have the independent judgment in those instances to call off the fight before the fighter was in mortal danger. Also a common theme was being repeatedly punched in the face and head by someone whose job it is to punch someone in the face and head, but that didn’t seem to be addressed.
One of the downsides of Twitter is that it has provided unfettered access to athletes and their most immediate thoughts, the ones that colleges and pro franchises spend years coaching them not to repeat publicly in order to avoid embarrassment. So you’ve got to think there’s nothing worse for the Cincinnati Bengals’ front office than Chad Ochocinco finding Twitter and overindulging his boastlust as he has over the past few months.
(How could this possibly go wrong?)
It’s not a very big leap in logic to think that his ability to basically communicate with everybody and have his every word hung upon is bleeding over into Ochocinco’s statements away from the keyboard. To wit, his latest statement that he could knock out welterweight champion Andre Berto. Did Berto laugh it off? Oh, no. Lord, no, no he did not.