The Boxing Champ vows to sue NY gym over alleged racist incident.
We reported on an alleged incident involving Boxing Champ Jermell Charlo and a gym refusing his entry. The Life Time Athletic gym in Manhattan have since apologized for the "misunderstanding concerning (their) guest policy." They did however deny accusations of racial profiling on record: "To be clear, we apologize for what appears to be a misunderstanding concerning our guest policy. Ultimately, we always welcome all individuals and the opportunity to serve them in a safe and respectful manner."
Jermell is not buying their effort to make amends. His initial response to their press release was indicative of his stance. He said in short, "I'm a black man and they didn't let me in." The video footage of the incident, filmed by Jermell himself, shows the employee at the reception refusing his offer to pay. Although described by staffers as a "verbal altercation," the video does not convey any violent behaviours by either side.
Jermell sat down with TMZ Sports in the above segment, basically signally his intent to sue The Life Time Athletic gym. Most importantly he wants to make an example of the situation in the context of racist mistreatment. Jermell claims his crew were falsely accused of "smelling like weed" when in fact the culprit was a staff member who walk reeking of Cannabis. Hopefully, Jermell can set aside his outrage momentarily for his brother's championship fight on Saturday, and pick things up shortly thereafter.