As for the man "still prominent in boxing," he reluctantly named Al Weill, manager of Rocky Marciano. ("How dare he!" stormed Weill.) It was just hearsay, though, Robinson insisted. Weill never did offer him a bribe. Shortly before an eventually canceled bout with a Weill fighter, three strangers approached his associate George Gainford, and offered to bet $25,000 that Robinson would not make the weight. Later, he went on, these three gents were described to him as "friends of Weill."
Two of the newspapermen, Murray Rose of the Associated Press and Harold Weissman of the New York Mirror, testified they had quoted Robinson correctly and implied that everybody else had, too. Recalled, Robinson insisted that these two, and all the other reporters, had "misunderstood" him.
The commission mulled it over and then Chairman Julius Helfand handed down an opinion that "on the whole all that appears to us is that there is a difference in interpretation." That was all Sugar Ray wanted to appear.
"We feel," Helfand went on with a punitive glare at Robinson, "that a prominent athlete should be most careful in making statements that can be misinterpreted, as he says happened in this instance."
The advice was taken immediately, not so much by Robinson as by George Gainford, who pulled his fighter away from an impromptu post-hearing interview in which Sugar Ray had only time to say that he had not "given any thought" to a return match with Carmen Basilio. It was a remark which could be misinterpreted to mean several things, but who wants to bother?
ANTICIPATION IN MARYLAND
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, paying a state visit to these shores, will see their first game of American football on October 19—North Carolina vs. Maryland—from a special box on the 50-yard line at Maryland's Byrd Stadium. Plans call for the box to be tented with clear plastic in the event of rain. This may seem a trifle over-solicitous, since Elizabeth and Philip are accustomed to outdoor ceremonies in rainy country, but the University of Maryland is anxious to be a good host.
"We've been working on a special cheer for them," said Cheerleader Captain Judy Eberts the other day. "Of course, we've got a regular welcome cheer but that's not good enough for this occasion. We felt we should have something really special. The first thing we thought of was maybe spelling out queen—you know, Q-U-E-E-N—and then going down into a curtsy and jumping back up with ELIZABETH. But then we thought maybe that wouldn't be dignified. Anyway, that wouldn't be doing anything for Philip. He really stumps us. We don't know what to do about him. What we really ought to have is some sort of a deal that would include both of them."
The man with the deal, though, is Howard Miller, Maryland student government president. Miller, an accounting major, will be the only student permitted to sit in the royal box, and at his side will be the date of his choice.
"I've had many fine offers," said Miller loftily. "It's a very enviable position to be in, to be sure!"