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Monday, January 07, 2008
On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Larry Hazzard, who had been the commissioner of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. For almost 22 years, he had headed this commission, which regulates combat sports in that state. In November 2007, however, with no warning or even any reason being given, he was dismissed from that position.
In October 2007, his attorney, James Binns, acting on his behalf, had submitted a letter to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine outlining a series of major charges of alleged "malfeasance" against officials on the State Athletic Control Board. No response was provided to that letter – except to fire Larry Hazzard a few short weeks later.
Now he is fighting back. A lawsuit was filed this past Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey against New Jersey state officials alleging, in essence, that he was fired for speaking up and exposing this alleged "malfeasance" on the New Jersey commission.
Right before the fight card at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City this past Saturday, January 5, headlined by the Paulie Malignaggi-Herman Ngoudjo bout, Larry Hazzard, along with attorneys James Binns and Sidney Gold, held a press conference. We bring you that press conference in full, plus a follow-up discussion immediately afterwards with Larry Hazzard and a few members of the media.
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