NEW YORK - Boxing promoter Don King filed a defamation suit Wednesday claiming he was portrayed in a false light in an ESPN 'SportsCentury' segment, and his attorney said King is entitled to damages of more than $2.5 billion. The lawsuit says the program accused King of being 'a snake oil salesman, a shameless huckster and worse,' claimed the flamboyant promoter underpaid Muhammad Ali by $1.2 million and claimed King — convicted in a 1967 beating death and acquitted in another killing in 1954 — 'killed not once, but twice.' 

Most of the material in the program had been printed or broadcast earlier about King, who has spent much of his career in court, but he said he had just had enough. Gary called the SportsCentury segment 'a story designed to orchestrate and create an impression that is not there,' and said the network had refused to retract parts of the program that offended King. 

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Should Don King win his $2.5 billion lawsuit against ESPN?
NEW YORK - Boxing promoter Don King filed a defamation suit Wednesday claiming he was portrayed in a false light in an ESPN `SportsCentury` segment, and his attorney said King is entitled to damages of more than $2.5 billion. The lawsuit says the program accused King of being `a snake oil salesman, a shameless huckster and worse,` claimed the flamboyant promoter underpaid Muhammad Ali by $1.2 million and claimed King — convicted in a 1967 beating death and acquitted in another killing in 1954 — `killed not once, but twice.`

Most of the material in the program had been printed or broadcast earlier about King, who has spent much of his career in court, but he said he had just had enough. Gary called the SportsCentury segment `a story designed to orchestrate and create an impression that is not there,` and said the network had refused to retract parts of the program that offended King.

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17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/15/05 - 11:12:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
Only if he uses the money to get and maintain a decent haircut.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/15/05 - 11:15:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
^^^

$2.5 wouldn't cover that.

He should not win a dime. I don't think ESPN did anything to damage his reputation. Most people think he is a snake oil salseman and worse....

17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/15/05 - 11:17:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
'a snake oil salesman, a shameless huckster and worse,' Sounds about right. Damn, I've just agreed with Brett, whatever will be next
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/15/05 - 12:30:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
2.5 BILLION?!

Hell no.
I wouldn't give him a penny.

17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/15/05 - 12:39:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
i'd think he should pay espn for advertising him so well..
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/26/05 - 7:41:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
There should be less lawsuits to begin with, especially these whiney ones.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/27/05 - 1:56:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
I wish ESPN would flame me, so that I could rake in the bucks!
17 yrs ago - Saturday 5/14/05 - 8:38:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's too damn much money.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 7/1/05 - 8:17:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
i'm torn.
I don't think anyone should pay this guy any money, but at the same time i would love to see espn go bankrupt. Maybe this country would wake up from it's favorite sedative if espn wasn't around.



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