So Sue Me, What Can You Do Me

By Robert Ecksel on March 4, 2013
So Sue Me, What Can You Do Me
Fightnews.com, normally so staid and neutral, attracts commenters that are neither.

Chavez intends to sue the Nevada State Athletic Commission for what he believes is unfair, unjust, unsportsmanlike behavior…

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., still stinging after the excessive $900,000 fine and nine-month suspension for smoking a joint days before his fight with Sergio Martinez, isn’t taking the penalty lying down.

Chavez intends to sue the Nevada State Athletic Commission for what he believes is unfair, unjust, and just plain unsportsmanlike behavior from the overseers of boxing in Las Vegas.

Chavez’s promoter Bob Arum is up in arms over last week’s verdict.

“Why is it their damned business if the kid smokes a joint?” Arum asked the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “They fined [Fernando] Vargas $100,000 for using steroids when he fought Oscar, and they fine this kid $900,000 for pot?”

Arum has a point and it’s not at the top of his head.

“The commission needs to update its rules on drugs,” he continued. “But I’m not going to convince them to change. I have no chance. The people on the commission are not people who live in the real world. There’s no reasoning with these people. It’s a lost cause.”

Arum wasn’t asked what world the commission was living in, and that’s a pity because we’d truly love to know. Fortunately, or not as the case may be, others have feelings as strong as Arum and are willing to let their voices be heard.

Louis Colagiovanni from Jackson Community College really believes what he believes, as evidenced by his love of capital letters.

“I THINK THE FINE FITS THE BILL,” he shouted on Fightnews.com. “THIS IS THE 2ND TIME HE’S BEEN CAUGHT AND THE SECOND FINE SHOULD BE MUCH WORSE AND IT IS…. YOU DON’T LIKE THE FINE DON’T DO THE CRIME… WHY WOULD ANYONE PUT A 3 MILLION DOLLAR FIGHT IN JEOPARDY OVER A JOINT…. THAT IS JUST STUPID…. IF YOU ARE GOING TO SMOKE POT DO IT AFTER A FIGHT… DOING IT WHEN YOU KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO BE TESTED IS JUST DUMB!”

Thank God for exclamation points.

Arturo Navarro is described as a “Top Commenter.” Perhaps that’s why he doesn’t mess with the caps lock.

“Heck no!” he insists. “Make a statement. Fine this chump the 900,000! No reason the commission should cave in. and let this be a lesson to all pro fighters out there, respect the rules! ALL RULES!”

No one expects Richard Celaya, a Gunnery Sergeant in the Marines, to show any mercy toward Chavez Jr.

“So you got this spoiled ass rich kid. He smokes dope and still makes 3 million for this fight. Now you got this moron named bob arum who sees nothing wrong with a kid smoking a joint. Well hey you frickin idiot, weed is a drug and shall be punished. End of story…”

When Sgt. Celaya says end of story, he means end of story.

Andrew Smith from the ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) is a bit more circumspect. Too bad he mistakes apples for oranges.

“He is a boxer,” Smith writes. “He broke one of the rules of boxing. He got punished. Done. It is not an issue of ‘just pot’. If it is pot or crack or steroids or whatever, if it is not allowed, then that is it. Now if someone ‘punishes’ me for publishing my opinion, now should I sue them?”

That’s a good question. But what are lawsuits for, papering the den?

José-Ariel Cuevas, who describes himself as an “Underappreciated Copy Machine Jockey,” writes, “James Toney, Fernando Vargas testing for PEDs and getting fined a fraction of what Chávez Jr. did reeks of bullshit.”

His grammar isn’t perfect. The same can’t be said of his reasoning.

Alan J. Kindred from Dixie Heights High School may be another kindred spirit.

“Probably one of the few times I will side with a Bob Arum ideal. The fine is excessive.”

Timothy Meremikwu, writing from the University of Texas at Arlington, may know more about paranoia than he knows about boxing.

“I wonder where the sport of boxing will be in the next 10 years,” he writes. “Boxing is the perfect example of a modern day illuminati! The sport is getting more corrupt.”

Meremiku may have heard of Nostradamus, but he seems unaware of Blinky Palermo.

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  1. the thresher 09:17am, 03/04/2013

    If these people want to make a real statement, follow what the Baseball Hall of Fame does and keep confirmed dopers out. That will adjust the risk-reward of doping to at least some degree.

  2. Joe 09:13am, 03/04/2013

    What’s the rest of the story?  Otherwise a 900K fine simply doesn’t make sense.

  3. Clarence George 06:20am, 03/04/2013

    Oh, I don’t think Chavez should get off scot-free.  I’d have no objection if, say, he were suspended for two months and had to pay a $15,000 fine.  But a nine-month suspension and a $900,000 fine is surreal.

  4. Pete The Sneak 05:44am, 03/04/2013

    Excessive? Yeah, I would say so. But I have to agree with Louie C. (Caps and all), Arturo and the Sarge. This is not Junior’s first rodeo and what the flook was he thinking? All I can say is, I hope that was some good shite he smoked that night, cause that turned out to be one awfully expensive doobie. Peace.

  5. Clarence George 04:43am, 03/04/2013

    Ha!  Very good.  And good for Chavez for taking my advice and fighting fang and claw the NSAC’s absurdly excessive punishment.

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