10 People Dumber Than Damon Feldman

As human beings, there are some things we should just know in 2014: The earth is round. Fire is hot. Ryan Gosling is sexy. This also applies to major news stories, particularly ones that remain the spotlight for months and months.

I mention this because earlier this week local celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman, who recently came under fire for booking George Zimmerman, revealed that he was not aware of Zimmerman’s controversial past. He said, “When I learned everything, it was so bad. I only heard the verdict.”

This is bafflingly stupid. You would have to be living on Mars, in a cave, with your fingers in your ears to have missed even the most basic facts about the Trayvon Martin murder, which permeated news coverage for months.

Alas, Feldman—though astonishingly dimwitted—is not the dumbest person to have ever made headlines. Here, 10 people who are dumber than Damon Feldman, including three local contenders.

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Shirley Temple Was a Celebrity. George Zimmerman Is Not.

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Following the passing of film icon Shirley Temple on Monday, a common refrain in the pieces that commemorated her life and work was that she she didn’t make an embarrassment of herself once the bright lights of the Fox studio lot no longer cared to capture her image.

It is noteworthy that someone of Temple’s stature could fade into a polished second act so seamlessly. Especially someone as iconic and profitable as she. She was Lindsay Lohan… Mary-Kate and Ashley… Miley… Britney… all rolled into one and beyond, peaking somewhere around her 16th birthday. She left celebrity behind. She served others. She lived her life. A rare feat in today’s Coming Attractions celebrity atmosphere. We should all be so fortunate.

Already, too much has been said about this “celebrity boxing match” between child killer George Zimmerman and nostalgically beloved, albeit deeply troubled rapper DMX.

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Oh Brother: George Zimmerman Fight Not Actually Canceled, Says Damon Feldman

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UPDATE: According to British billionaire Alki David, the George Zimmerman fight will happen. Click here to read what happened at the fight press conference on Tuesday outside of Philadelphia.

ORIGINALDamon Feldman (left) had canceled the George Zimmerman vs. DMX boxing match, we had our doubts. And sure enough, on Monday morning, Feldman told us that he still hadn’t reached a final decision. “It all comes down to a meeting I have at noon today,” says Feldman, who declined to say who else would be attending that meeting. Read more »

George Zimmerman Fight Canceled [UPDATE]

UPDATE, 2/10, 11:30 a.m.: Damon Feldman says that the George Zimmerman boxing match is not canceled.

UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: The promoter, Damon Feldman, has apparently backtracked on the cancelation. For the latest on the status of the fight, see the coverage from Phillymag.com’s Victor Fiorillo here.

ORIGINAL:

george zimmerman dmx fightTMZ reports:

George Zimmerman will not be going toe-to-toe with DMX in a celebrity boxing event … and the promoter says it’s because his conscience finally kicked in.

The promoter for the event took to Twitter Saturday afternoon to officially cancel the event … and said he finally realized there’s “more to life then money.”

The promoter adds, “Just looked at my son and daughter today wow I’m so lucky those people must be in so much pain … all you people are right.”

Zimmerman Fight to Be Livestreamed by Billionaire Alki David

UPDATE: At a press conference on February 11th, Damon Feldman announced that he is no longer involved in the George Zimmerman fight. British billionaire Alki David says that he is moving forward with the March 15th match. For a complete report from the press conference, go here.

FilmOn founder Alki David (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

FilmOn founder Alki David (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

ORIGINAL:

Embattled Celebrity Boxing promoter Damon Feldman has formed a partnership with controversial British billionaire Alki David — who once offered to pay someone $1 million to streak in front of President Obama — to bring the George Zimmerman boxing match to the world. According to David, who now lives in Beverly Hills, the fight will be livestreamed on FilmOn.com and broadcast live on a British cable channel.

David says that the end-user price for the stream has not yet been fixed and that he expects there to be a variety of viewing options. “There will be an interactive option where viewers will be able to enter comments live and interact with other viewers,” he says, adding that a free option may also be available.

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Damon Feldman Cancels George Zimmerman Press Conference

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Earlier this week, Philadelphia Celebrity Boxing promoter Damon Feldman told us that George Zimmerman would be coming to Philadelphia next week. The purpose: to take part in a press conference for the upcoming boxing match pitting Trayvon Martin’s killer against troubled rap star DMX. But on Friday morning, facing a torrent of outrage, Feldman said that Zimmerman wouldn’t be appearing as scheduled. Read more »

Damon Feldman Profile: King of the D-List

DAMON FELDMAN’S DESTINY was written in the August 15, 1983, issue of Sports Illustrated. He read it when he was 13 years old. He flipped past the cover story on NFL rookie John Elway and the piece about tennis star Yannick Noah until he reached page 69, and the regular feature “Faces in the Crowd” — and there it was. There he was. With deep-set eyes, a concerned expression, and a feathered haircut. The accompanying caption read: “Damon Feldman, Broomall, Pa. Damon, 13, scored a second-round knockout of Joe Antepuna to win the Philadelphia Junior Olympic boxing title in the 13-and-under 112-pound class. He has been boxing since age five and has an 8-1 record with two KOs.

The boxing, well, that didn’t really work out. What Damon Feldman has turned out to be a prodigy at — what became his destiny — was getting his name in print.

 

 

WE’RE DRIVING TO the airport to pick up Rodney King, America’s best-known beating victim. Feldman is driving his new-smelling Armada SUV. He just turned 40, and isn’t wiry anymore. He’s six feet, 220 pounds. His arms and chest are thick. His neck is thick. His hair is a permanent micro-stubble, his head resting atop his shoulders in the shape of a giant thumb.

Feldman still has the deep-set eyes and concerned expression. His bearing now has an understated, unpredictable menace. He’s been beaten down outside the ring far more than he ever was inside it, and feels with some justification that people have it in for him. His radar is on high alert to whatever is going to crash into his world next. He’s rarely calm, as if focusing on just one thing at a time might leave him vulnerable. On the ramp approaching the airport, he starts checking messages on his BlackBerry. “I can’t help it. I have ADD,” he jokes (maybe). “This is from Joey Buttafuoco,” he says of his latest message.

It’s four days before King will fight in a celebrity boxing match arranged by Feldman against a former Chester police officer, at the airport Ramada Inn. This is what Feldman does now. Remember when Danny Bonaduce fought Jose Canseco at a skating rink in Aston? A Damon Feldman production. When Tonya Harding punched out a stripper/waitress/whatever at the Lagoon bar in Essington? Yup, Feldman. When Lindsay Lohan’s father fought deejay Rocco from Q102, and Gervase Peterson from Survivor took on “adult film star” Travis Knight at the Ramada in Tinicum Township? No, nobody remembers that, but Feldman set it up anyway.

After a million false starts, disappointments, lawsuits and indignities, Feldman believes he’s found his Philadelphia puncher’s chance at the big time. Along the way, he’s made Philly — well, Delaware County, really — the nation’s capital of low-grade celebrity boxing. The boxing isn’t 100 percent regulation boxing. The celebrities aren’t 100 percent regulation celebrities. Feldman’s Celebrity Boxing Federation events — he’s doing one every other month now — aren’t uniformly successful, if you judge by how many people buy tickets.