BN Investigates | Issue | Premium | Sep 20 2019

Concussion and boxing

Terry Dooley examines what has for too long been an elephant in the room: the link between taking punches, concussions and failing mental health
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JERMAIN TAYLOR was always a bit different. The country music loving 2000 Olympic bronze medallist was polite, quiet, stable, and he had athleticism coupled with the type of natural talent that does not pop up too often. By 2005 he had the world, and Bernard Hopkins’s middleweight titles, in his hands. The Taylor of 2019 is a totally different proposition.

Felony after felony piled up over time: police were called out in 2011 when he smashed his mother’s car window, he shot his cousin, Tyrone DaWayne Hinton, in 2014 while preparing to challenge Sam Soliman for the IBF’s middleweight title, and he fired his gun at a Martin Luther Day parade and threatened a family. Then he went to rehab, where he punched fellow patient Jason Isaac Condon, fracturing his skull.

The former fighter plead guilty to nine felony charges in relation to his cousin. He admitted that he was broke despite some attracting huge paydays in the past. Indeed, he was picked up in November last year for failure to pay $5,300 in child support. The 41-year-old also violated the terms of his parole and his ability to stand trial was called into question due to diminished “cognitive abilities”.


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