The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on September 27, 1978 · Page 16
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The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas · Page 16

Galveston, Texas
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Wednesday, September 27, 1978
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2-B &\t i!'i:iliu"i!im I Wednesday Morning, September 27, 1978 Spinks 9 Attorneys To File Multi-Million Dollar Suit Against Bob Arum NEW YORK (. UP!) Leon Spinks has denied promoter Bob Arum's allegations that he was "drunk every night" in New Orleans before losing the heavyweight championship to Muhammad Ali two weeks ago and Spinks' attorneys said they will file a multi-million dollar defamation of character suit against Arum. Spinks still has five fights remaining on his contract with Arum's firm. Top Kank, Inc., but the former champion's attorneys said that contract is now invalid because of Arum's statements and several "material breaches," Spinks and his attorneys. Edward Bell and Lester Hudson, met with Arum's rival promoter Don King in Miami Beach earlier this week and made verbal agreements that King would promote all of Spinks' future fights, including a possible bout with Scott Ledoux in December and a S(3 million bout with WBC champion Larry Holmes in Madison Square Garden early in 1979. When told of the meeting by UP1, Arum, in New York, said he would bring legal action against Spinks and King. In his first interview since losing the W15A heavyweight championship to Ali on a unanimous decision in New Orleans Sept. 15, Spinks said on the phone from Miami Beach that his major concern right now is "trying to keep me together." He spoke softly and sounded cautious about his future, like a man who had been hurt by those he trusted. "I'm feeling a lot belter." Spinks said. "This fight taught me a lot of things. I learned not to let my business gel in the way of me doing my job. Mostly I was worried aboul my money being handled nghl. No one can take care of your money better than Bears Learn Lesson In 24-20 Loss To Vikings CHICAGO (UPI) - The Chicago Bears learned a lesson their coach, Neill Armstrong, has been teaching for weeks. "The Minnesota Vikings are a good team," Armstrong told the Bears. "They're the team we're going to have to beat." The Bears "didn't" in Monday night's television game. The Vikings evened their season record at 2-2 with a 24-20 victory, ending a nine game regular season winning streak for Chicago. The defeat left the Bears with a 3-1 record, tied with Green Bay for the lead in the NFL's National Conference Central Division, each a game in front of the perennial champion Vikings. Not only did the Vikings win the game, they made fewer mistakes and took more advantage of Bear mistakes. "We were victims of the Vikings and our own mistakes," said Armstrong, once defensive coordinator to Minnesota's Bud Grant. "They made mistakes too, but ours hurt more." One mistake, which probably turned the game around, was Bob Avellini's fumble of a snap from center on the Bears' ninth offensive play. Mark Mullaney recovered and lateraled to Matt Blair, who returned 49 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 Minnesota lead. Minnesota scored its first touchdown on a 33-yard pass from Fran Tarkenton to Sammy White on its sixth offensive play. "That's the first long pass that's been scored against us." Armstrong said, "and they got that cheap one on a bad exchange on a quick count." Chuck Foreman scored on a one-yard dive and Rick Danmeicr booted a 29-yard field goal to wrap up the Vikings' scoring. The Bears did pull within one point. Walter Pay ton scoring on a three-yard run after Len Walterscheid blocked Mike Woods' punt deep in Chicago territory, and Bob Thomas kicking 27 and 32-yard field goals. But Minnesota had a 24-13 lead before the final Bears touchdown on a one-yard run by Payton with 13 seconds to play. Statistically it was Minnesota's game by more than the four point gap. Foreman gained 81 yards and Rickey Young 73 while the Vikings defense limited Paylon to 5H. Tarkenton gained 152 yards on 14 completions in 20 pass attempts and Avellini grossed 207 yards with 22 completions in 3G attempts, but most of his yardage came in desperate moments. "There was a lot of pressure." Grant said, "but there's pressure every week. We won by four points and that's just what the margin was. We got back in the race with this win. It's a dogfight from now on " Pete Rose Still The Same After Oval Office Visit CINCINNATI (UPI) — It's nice to know that hanging out with President Carter in the Oval Office hasn't changed Pete Rose. Pete's still a peppery rascal. Rose, who Monday chatted with the president and was feted by Congress, was the guest of honor Tuesday at a fancy luncheon given by a shaving lotion company for which Pete does TV commercials. As junior executive types carefully made sure that two bottles of after-shave were placed at each table setting and while guests stood around swilling drinks, Rose anxiously looked about and wondered aloud, "When does this deal start?" Rose then wandered over to the bar, spotted a TV camerawoman getting ready to shoot, and held up a soft drink bottle. "You want to get rne getting this Coke so everybody won't think I'm out drinking?" he suggested. Once seated at the head table, Rose picked up his cloth napkin and began polishing the face of his watch. Pete said he had noticed that the extras who appeared with him in the after-shave commercials have now gone on to star in weekly TV shows. "When you gonna get me in a TV show," he asked a shaving company executive. "Maybe something like, 'Godzilla Comes Back. 1 " A shaving company executive read a flowery speech filled with references about Rose being a "superstar" and praising his great worth to baseball. Rose picked up a copy of the speech and extended it you. 1 had this big sum of money coming in and 1 was worried how I was gonna holdit." After the fight, Arum was quoted as saying that Spinks tost because "he was drunk every night he was here. Leon went to places our people didn't dare go. I'm surprised he didn't wind up with a knife in him." Spinks said there was no truth at all to those statements and said it is one major reason he decided to leave Top Rank. "Why should 1 hang with Top Rank when he spread lies telling 1 was drinking and drunk every day." Spinks said. "There was never a time when I was drunk. lr.\ New Orleans 1 went to rny private place because 1 didn't want to deal with a!! the problems that people kept coming to me with, messing up my mind. "Intoxicated? Never. Because I know svhat 1 have to do. My job is my job. Who has time for getting drunk? Especially when you have to get yourself ready to fight. "1 was in great physical shape, it's just that my mind wasn't in it. During the fight there was so much stuff that went through my mind 1 thought all I can do now is survive and keep the fight going. If Ali did win I wasn't going to let him win by no knockout. "1 wasn't in the fight. 1 felt it. I knew it. But every time I went to my corner 1 went right back to my problems again. Now I'm trying to keep Leon together. I ain't worrying about what everybody else is saying in the streets. I'm tryfng to keep me together." Spinks' attorneys said that his contract with Top Rank was breached by Arum in several "material aspects" and that, in addition to the statements made by Arum, was the basis for considering the contract broken. "There are no circumstances under which Bob Arum or Top Rank can ever again promote a Leon Spinks fight," said Bell, a former judge in Michigan. "He has breached his contract with Leon in every material aspect and we're not going to sit idly by and do business with him." Bell said it was not the $3.75 million that Spinks was paid that was at issue. Rather it was certain smaller additions which Bell considered "major" and which were not delivered. Bell said Spinks was to be provided with three chauffeur driven Cadillacs but received Oldsmobiles instead. Bell said Spinks also had to spend "several thousand dollars" to hire limousines for his guests that were supposed to be provided by Top Rank. Spinks' 50 guests were supposed to have first class hotel accommodations but were sent to a "third class hotel." The guests were supposed to have transportation from the airport to the hotel but did not get it. "The contract also called for Leon to get 50 of the highest priced and best center ringside seats/ Bell said. "At least half of those tickets were in row 22. He was to have received four press passes but didn't get them. It was very important for Leon to have all those things because that takes' the weight off of him and off of us. "Then after the fight Arum says Leon was drunk every night. That's a bunch of bull. Leon took a house out of town just like Ali did. It's that kind of misconduct we just cannot tolerate. "We're damn well going to sue Mr. Arum within the next week or so for the things he said about Leon. Make no mistake about it. 1 don't know the money figure yet but it will undoubtedly be several million dollars." "They are under obligation to Top Rank and if they want to test it in court, we'll have to test it," said Arum, an attorney who is also being sued for $lf> million for slander by two of his co-promoters in New Orleans. "If Don King and Madison Square Garden are gonna mess with an existing contract, then we'll have to bring action against them too. We'll enjoin the entire thing. "1 don't recall saying anything that wasn't accurate but that doesn't matter. It has nothing to do with a contractual obligation. He's under contract for five more fights, purses are specified and he's gonna live up to his contract." Spinks said it was his idea to approach King, who promotes for Madison Square Garden in New York. Bell called King last week in New York and arranged a meeting at King's home Sunday in Miami Beach. They talked for two days in Miami before Spinks moved on to Atlanta Tuesday to watch a girl tennis player he's sponsoring. "It was really incredible, a true shock but a very pleasant one when this man and his whole family of lawyers came to me," King said'. "First of all, I said I don't want to deal if you have contractual obligations to anyone else. They said 'we had a contract but it's been breached by Top Rank.' "Arum was trying to dig a hole for me by telling Larry Holmes to jump me. He was digging a ditch and he fell into it." King and Spinks didn't sign a written contract but King told a strange story of making a "blood pact" with Spinks. "I don't want a contract with Leon," King said. "Me and Leon cut our wrists and let our blood flow on each other's veins. We became blood brothers which is stronger than any bond that can be written on paper. We actually let the drops of blood flow on each other's veins." to Reds' front-office staffer Roger Ruhl. "Will you take this back to Mr. Wagner and show it to him?" asked Rose, who will begin contract haggling with Reds' President Dick Wagner at the end of the season. Rose, called upon to make a couple of speeches at the head table, facetiously began one of his orations with a deep-toned reference to his Washington trip Monday: "Mr. President, Speaker of the House..." A few minutes earlier, chatting and laughing with reporters he felt at ease with. Rose summed up his chat with President Carter and visit to Congress. "The president seemed genuine. He knew some (baseball) statistics. He was nice. Jody Powell, I met Jody Powell. He was a nice guy too. "In the Congress, they were debating something when I came in. They stopped to read a resolution about me. Then some guy stood up and said he wanted equal time to talk about the Dodgers." Rose also said he met House Speaker Tip O'Neill. Pete referred to him as "Tippy." At the head table with Rose was Tommy Holmes, whose National League hitting streak record was broken by Pete this season. Holmes told Rose there was something he wanted him to do for him. "Pete, you owe a debt to your fans," said Holmes. "Stay in baseball, Pete. Coaching, managing. Stay in your profession. You're loved all over the country. "You're needed for baseball and the kids," concluded Holmes. "You dive on your belly, you'll do anything to win a ballgame. I like bulldogs." OKN DAILY f :30-9:30 SAT. 9-9:30 WED.,THURS., FRL, SAT. ,THE SAVING Kmorf ADVERTISED MERCHANDISE POLICY DISCOUNTS ENERGY SAVER 1 \\l! 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