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Killing is forgivable, but loving is a sin

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“I keep thinking how strange it is … I kill a man and most people understand and forgive me. However, I love a man, and to so many people this is an unforgivable sin; this makes me an evil person. So, even though I never went to jail, I have been in prison almost all my life.” – Emile Griffith – world boxing champion

Griffith, a former professional boxer, was accused of being gay in an era when homosexuality ended the careers of professional athletes.  Griffth is best known for putting Benny Paret in a coma by 12th round knock out, which Paret died from 10 days later.

Written by John Lai

July 16th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

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