BWAA President's Statement on Borges Plagiarism Charge

The Boxing Writers Association of America takes seriously charges of plagiarism against any of our members. I was deeply troubled by the allegations that were levied recently against Boston Globe writer Ron Borges, who serves as one of the BWAA's four vice presidents.

The Boston Globe last week suspended Borges for two months without pay and prohibited him from making broadcast appearances. The paper found that a March 4 NFL notes column written by Borges "contained verbatim passages" from a story that ran on February 25 in the Tacoma News Tribune.

Many within the BWAA and in the boxing community have inquired with regard to how the BWAA will address this matter. Plagiarism is a high journalistic offense. When I ran for office, one of my top priorities was to establish guidelines for ethical conduct among all of our members, but I feel BWAA officers should be held to an even higher standard.

Making a correct and fair decision is more important than making a swift decision. The Boston Newspaper Guild is appealing the suspension of Ron Borges on his behalf and challenging the characterization of his conduct as "plagiarism." The BWAA has chosen to allow that process to run its course before acting.

Tim Graham
BWAA President



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The Boston Globe has suspended Ron Borges for two months without pay, and he has been prohibited by the paper from making broadcast appearances, following an internal investigation into a plagiarism charge. Borges, a 24-year veteran at the Globe, is a vice president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

The plagiarism allegation arose over an NFL notes column published in the March 4 edition of the Boston Globe. The paper determined the column "contained verbatim passages from a story previously published [Feb. 25] by The News Tribune" of Tacoma, Wash.

"The Globe does not tolerate plagiarism," Globe editor Martin Baron said in a statement. "Extensive passages written by the Tacoma reporter were used verbatim in the column by Borges, and that is prohibited."

The Globe quoted News Tribune deputy managing editor Dale Phelps as saying, "It's unfortunate that this happened, but from our point of view there's no anger or dismay. You have to take care of your house, and we have to take care of ours."
2006 BWAA AWARDS
Pacquiao, Roach team up for top 2006 awards
Sithchatchawal-Monshipour brawl named the best

The Boxing Writers Association of America has selected super featherweight Manny Pacquiao, trainer Freddie Roach and the breathtaking brawl between Somsak Sithchatchawal and Mahyar Monshipour as its best of 2006. They will be honored at the 82nd annual BWAA Awards Dinner on June 8 in New York.

Pacquiao will receive the Edward J. Neil Trophy as fighter of the year for going 3-0, including two knockout victories over Erik Morales, in 2006.

Roach, who was in Pacquiao's corner for all three fights and also worked with James Toney, Peter Manfredo Jr., Robert Guerrero and Neil Trophy nominee Israel Vazquez, was chosen for his second Futch-Condon Award as trainer of the year. He won his first Futch-Condon award in 2003.

The mind-blowing bout between Sithchatchawal and Monshipour on March 18 in France became a cult classic among boxing fans thanks to internet video site YouTube. ESPN.com columnist Dan Rafael called it "raw, unvarnished, jaw-dropping brutality," writing the bout featured "more head-snapping uppercuts landed than in all six Rocky movies put together." Sithchatchawal stopped Monshipour in the 10th round.

Longtime HBO analyst Larry Merchant will be given the James J. Walker Award for long and meritorious service. The straight-shooting commentator is a former columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and New York Post whose broadcast contributions were recognized by the BWAA in 1985.

Top Rank public relations tandem Lee Samuels and Ricardo Jimenez will share the Marvin Kohn Good Guy Award. Samuels and Jimenez combine to form one of the most efficient and multi-faceted publicity departments in boxing.

Steve Albert, in his 20th year calling fights with Showtime, will receive the Sam Taub Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. He previously worked for ESPN and SportsChannel and has handled NBA play-by-play for over two decades.


Muhammad Ali will be honored with the Pat Putnam Award for Perseverance. The legendary heavyweight went toe-to-toe with the political establishment in the turbulent 1960s, changing his name from Cassius Clay and refusing induction into the army. Ali's recent years have been spent coping with Parkinson's syndrome, but his indefatigable charisma has only solidified his status as one of the most inspirational athletes ever.

BWAA members voted not to bestow a 2006 Al Buck Award for manager of the year.

A full list of the year's nominees is available here.

photos: Pacquiao, Roach, Merchant courtesy of HBO; Albert courtesy of Showtime.


STALLONE GIVEN LIFETIME BOXING FILM AWARD

Sylvester Stallone accepted the BWAA's first Lifetime Cinematic Achievement in Boxing award at the association's annual awards dinner on May 5, 2006. Rocky won three Academy Awards for 1976, including Best Picture, and was nominimated for seven others. Its unknown lead actor became the toast of Hollywood, and a franchise was born.


 

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BWAA RE-ELECTS VICE PRESIDENTS BORGES, FARHOOD, HAUSER, HIRSCH

Boxing Writers Association of America members have re-elected all four incumbent vice presidents. Ron Borges, Steve Farhood, Thomas Hauser and Jack Hirsch each will serve another one-year term. BWAA president Tim Graham also retained Mr. Farhood as the organization's first vice president.

In other BWAA business, Michael Woods has been appointed to the board of directors to replace outgoing board member Robert Mladinich.

The BWAA also regretfully announces Mr. Farhood has stepped down from the oft-thankless role of membership committee chairman. In handling countless applications and upgrade requests, he has performed a tremendous service to the organization. Mr. Hauser will take over as membership committee chairman.



PLEASE UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBER DIRECTORY

In this technological age, some of us change our e-mail addresses and cell phone numbers often. And many of you have moved in recent years. That's why the BWAA is asking you to update your contact information so that when our new membership directory goes to press it will be as accurate as possible.

Membership cards, International Boxing Hall of Fame ballots and bylaw ballots have been returned to us in recent months because of insufficient addresses. Updates on organizational business bounce back because e-mail addresses are obsolete. Calls for corrections often are fruitless because phone listings are too old.

If you're not sure if the BWAA has your proper info, please take two minutes to update your name, affiliation, address, phone numbers and e-mail address. The more people stay in touch with the BWAA, the more accommodating we can be. Send information to Tim Graham at graham@bwaa.org.



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