"If you mess with me, I'm
going to try to kill you"
-- Rubin Carter, 1964
As quoted in a The Saturday Evening Post article
by Milton Gross
Here are excerpts from the article about Carter, then the
No. 1-rated challenger for the middleweight boxing crown, and
Joey Giardello, the title holder. The article appeared before
their 1964 bout under the headline "A Match Made in the
Carter is quoted as talking "in jest" about getting
guns and going to Harlem to "get us some of those police"
who had responded to riots there. Carter says that quote resulted
in an intense campaign of police harassment against him.
In his book on Page 227, Carter admits making some of the
comments below but claims the reporter took the comments out
of context and left out "all the qualifying parts. ... That
man just used what he wanted and left out the rest!" He
also claims that the reporter promised "to keep most things
that I told him off the record and confidential."
Judge for yourself what this report reveals.
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