Plans to rename a portion of Cedar Avenue Don King Way after the famous boxing promoter, who was born and raised in the city have been halted for further review by Cleveland City Council.
Long before King became famous internationally for his huge sporting events and trademark hair, he ran a gambling operation and in 1966 he stomped a man to death on Cedar because he owed him $600.
King served 4 years in prison on a reduced charge of non-negligent manslaughter and was eventually pardoned.
He turned his life around and ever since has given back to Cleveland and donated millions of dollars to charities, but the situation still makes many people uncomfortable.
“I mean if he hadn’t done anything good, it’d be an easy answer,” said Adrian Roberts, “but still the guy died.”
Several council members were also uncomfortable with the decision. Council President Kevin Kelley put the issue on hold and says it will be reconsidered at a finance committee meeting Monday September 19th.
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