Now that the ship has sunk, a lot of people are talking much more freely than before. I guess after you’ve lost your job you’re no longer afraid of getting fired for what you say. Anyways, here’s TJ Thompson, one of the founding fathers of the company (who also lost his sub-promotion, Icon Sports, in the bankruptcy) sounding not too impressed with the situation.
“I was there cageside and watched the whole thing happen,” he said. “I think (CBS) got cold feet watching. The way the Ken Shamrock pullout was handled, all the way from the beginning to the end with Seth Petruzelli. Watching Jared Shaw jumping up and down and screaming as a representative of the company, I think was disgusting and embarrassing.”
Almost as quickly as “Heat” was over, the Oct. 4 show was mired in controversy over comments Petruzelli made to an Orlando radio show. During his interview, Petruzelli implied that Elite XC officials had attempted to influence the outcome of the fight. Subsequent outcry from fans and media caused the Florida State Boxing Commission to open an investigation, another reason Thompson believes CBS pulled out of talks with Elite.
“I don’t have a smoking gun, (but) I’ve been around long enough, I’ve talked to enough people that were there, I won’t name names of executives in the company that I knowâ€”Seth was paid to stand up. I’m confident of that. If the commission wants to talk to me, I’ll tell them what I know.”
Whether the Florida commission actually will talk to him or not is unknown … they’ve spent 90% of their investigation claiming everything seemed fine and they expect everyone to come out innocent. You get the feeling their idea of an investigation involved a Mario Kart tournament over three days and then an “Investigation complete. They’re innocent!” proclamation at the end.