Then King, as per the agreement, coughed up the final forty grand.I'd love to say it was my idea, but the truth is the great sports columnist Dick Young taughtme a way to get even with Don King, who had only four years earlier been released after seven years in jail for manslaughter. (King was later pardoned by outgoing Governor George Rhodes, in an act of government that stunk worse than the Fulton Fish Market).Dick Young asked me, "Has your paper told you to write only nice things about DonKing?"I said, "No, but let me make sure anyway."I went back to the publisher, who was now as happy as a pig in shit because he had fiftygrand of King's cash, and asked point blank, "Can I write anything I want about Don Kingunder Don King's American Dream?'"The Moonie bastard said, "Joe, we got King's money. Write what you want."And so I did.So, for the next three weeks, I dug up every nasty item I could find on King, and believeme there were plenty, and I displayed them for all to see under "Don King's AmericanDream."I started with items like: "With his fists and his feet, Don King brutally beat Samuel Garretto death in Cleveland in 1966 because Garret couldn't pay King the $500 he owed King ona usurious loan. King spent the next seven years in jail after his conviction for manslaughter." "King did this. King did that. King screwed this fighter. King screwed thatfighter. King....... bla, bla, bla, bla......."Well, you get the message, and so did Don King."Don King's American Dream" became "Don King's Nightmare", and after three weeks of getting abused under his own ad, King withdrew "Don King's American Dream" after thead ran only six weeks, even though King had already paid for an entire 52 weeks. Thus, to paraphrase what Claude Rains told Bogart at the end of Casablanca, it became the start of along, and unrewarding relationship for the King and I.Stay tuned for more "Dung King" in future columns.***
Putting Perfume on Horse Manure
The nefarious quest to legitimize "Dung" Kingcontinues.The convicted felon, who somehow received a pardon after serving seven years for manslaughter from out-going Ohio Governor George Rhodes in 1980, is now being seeneverywhere in a blatant attempt to drag himself out of the sewer, and into the mainstreamof America's consciousness.