And in other
ways, Helfand said, the Guild showed its colors:
displayed "startling and abysmal ignorance" of its operations, unable
even to say what bank held its funds. Out-of-state managers were compelled to
"cut in" a New York Guild manager before they could get fights in New
York. Boxers had to pay the Guild $100 from each television purse, "an
And so, Helfand
concluded, the Guild is a "malevolent influence" on boxing, which
"depends upon the confidence of the public in its rectitude and
honesty," and acts as a "continuing menace to the integrity of boxing
in this state."
necessarily be all, he added. The commission is contemplating other rules for
the protection of boxing. They are now under study.
Thus ends Phase
One, just about a year after SI began its continuing report on boxing's dirty
business. There are, of course, other phases to be considered. One of them
might have to do with Jim Norris, whose name sputtered off the agile tongue of
Murray (The Genius) Frank, lawyer for the Guild, during a bitter denunciation
of the Helfand ruling.
" Jim Norris
testified that he had associated with Carbo, too," Frank pointed out.
"Is Helfand going to fire Jim Norris?"
raised echoes of Norris' testimony last May before the Helfand inquiry. Hear
Q. (by Helfand)
Do you know Frankie Carbo?
A. (by Norris)
Q. How long do
you know him?