|GoldenPalace.com, the online casino that caused controversy last year with its Tattooed advertisements on boxers backs, is to contribute to the Retired Boxers Foundation (RBF)|
The RBF, founded by Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos, is dedicated to ensuring that boxers are taken care of after their careers in the ring are over.
GoldenPalace is donating 2.5% of all upcoming fighters' sponsorship (back tattoo fees to the RBF's 'Fighters Helping Fighters' campaign.
The tattoo controversy began in September of 2001, when Golden Palace tattooed the website address GoldenPalace.com on the back of Bernard 'The Executioner' Hopkins during his title match against Felix Trinidad.
Golden Palace has since tattooed over 30 fighters.
On February 13, 2002, the Nevada Athletic Commission attempted to ban the casino's ads on the grounds that the tattoos are 'demeaning' to the sport, distracting to the judges, and pose a health hazard. Golden Palace representatives countered by saying that this ban violates the boxers' freedom of expression, and that they are entitled to commercial sponsorship.
District Court Judge Mark Gibbons granted a temporary restraining order against the NAC, prohibiting them from enforcing their decision to ban fighters from wearing temporary ad markings in the ring. Attorney Paul Larsen, who represented Golden Palace, said the judge found that the ban was an improper 'ad hoc' regulation, and that it was an 'overbroad' infringement of free speech in violation of the First Amendment.
On March 5, 2002, District Court Judge Valerie Vega made it official, ruling to allow Golden Palace to continue putting their advertisements on boxers' backs. The court found 'no evidence that temporary body markings, including temporary tattoos, are distracting, or would be distracting to boxing judges during a bout.' The judge went on to say that the ban was a violation of the boxers' First Amendment rights and therefore could not be enforced.