A former professional boxer is reportedly suing Jay-Z, Roc Nation Sports and Live Nation for negligence after suffering a near-fatal brain injury.
Daniel Franco was forced into retirement after enduring a brain hemorrhage from a knockout punch in a June 2017 fight; a fight he says he was not well enough to participate in at the time.
The lawsuit claims that Franco asked his promoter, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports, to postpone the fight on March 23, 2017. Franco says that he had been ill with the flu for three weeks and had not adequately prepared for the fight.
What followed was three fights scheduled by Roc Nation Sports for Franco within a 79-day period. Franco lost his first fight on March 23, 2017, in a technical knockout. The second fight took place on May 12, 2017. On June 10, 2017, Franco suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage in a knock-out.
The last fight left Franco in a coma and he had to have a piece of his skull removed in surgery. He is now required to wear a helmet to protect the left side of his head.
“Had an MRI or other brain imaging been performed, the fractures and hemorrhage would have been discovered prior to the June 10, 2017 fight, necessitating a cancellation,” claims in the lawsuit are said to have read.
It is not known what damages Franco is seeking.
By Damilola Faustino