70-year-old former middleweight boxing champ Emile Griffith has finally come out of the closet in the new book Nine … Ten … And Out! The Two Worlds of Emile Griffith.
Griffith is most famous for killing fellow boxer Benny Paret during a live televised match at Madison Square Garden in 1962. Paret had called Griffith a “maricon” (homo) before the match started and Griffith not only defeated him in the match, but put him in a coma from which he did not emerge. In Griffith’s words:
“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.”
(Thanks to Tommix for the tip!)