Advertisement
Advertisement

Team Andre Ward Respond To Dan Goossen CSAC Win

On Behalf of Andre Ward: By [Personal Attorney] Josh Dubin & [Manager] James Prince

Dan Goossen likes to put out press releases that confuse the issue - so on behalf of Andre Ward, we want to be crystal clear: the 'legal issues' that he referred to are only just getting underway.  It is only after a California judge or jury speaks that the legal issues will be resolved. 

Today's decision from the California State Athletic Commission was not unexpected.  From the very start, we do not feel that the commission has been looking out for the best interests of Andre Ward, the very boxer they are supposed to protect.   To the contrary, for some inexplicable reason, the CSAC has continually bent over backwards to try to accommodate a promoter who we feel is taking horrible advantage of Andre and his career.  It is difficult to understand why the CSAC has refused to enforce its own rules - first, by upholding Goossen Tutor's Promotional Agreement with Andre when we feel that Dan Goossen clearly violated the commission rules by failing to disclose his co-promotional agreement with Antonio Leonard, and now by continuing to recognize and in fact extend the agreement when it is in clear violation of a California labor law that prohibits promotional contracts that last more than seven years.  Why the CSAC is favoring a promoter, even when it means turning a blind eye to its own rules and the law, is a bit of mystery at this point - but we can assure you that we will get to the bottom of why that is happening and bring it to full light.  This is an important matter not just for Andre, but for any fighter that risks his or her life in the state of California.

This is not the end of Andre's fight to stand up for what he knows is right, but rather the beginning.  The CSAC decision has only strengthened his resolve.  Andre's lawsuit against Dan Goossen and his promotional company in California Superior Court is continuing to move forward.  It has always been Andre's steadfast belief, as well as ours, that the state court system, not the CSAC, is the proper venue for his dispute with Dan Goossen.  It is Team Ward's belief that the arbitration before the CSAC should not have proceeded while Andre's lawsuit is pending, so we do not feel that the decision is ultimately going to be binding.

We also want to be very clear about something else - when Andre filed his lawsuit against Dan Goossen late last year, he offered to continue to work with Dan while the case played out.  Dan said that he would continue to pursue fights for Andre but since the Rodriguez bout, he has been unable to deliver.  Andre is still waiting for an offer to fight, and the reality is that he is sitting on the shelf because Dan Goossen simply cannot make it happen.  This is one of the precise reasons Andre is trying to free himself from this situation - he is stuck with a promoter who we do not feel can advance his career in the appropriate manner.

To all the fans, Andre appreciates your support and words of encouragement during this difficult time.  We will keep you updated on the status of his lawsuit, and Andre will remain in shape and ready to fight should an offer come in the interim.  Andre is looking forward to continuing the journey with all of his fans as soon as possible, and as always, is ready to face the best in the boxing world has to offer.

Tags: Dan Goossen image   Andre Ward image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 05-02-2014

Man... please don't tell me they're making it into a race issue and pull the race card [url]http://ring[/url] tv.craveonline.com/news/336397-virgil-hunter-defends-andre-ward-against-dan-goossen

Comment by Hougigo on 05-01-2014

[QUOTE=Weebler I;14489524]Didn't Arthur Abraham say he wanted to rematch Ward? Time to get on your bike to Germany Andre, no one else wants to fight you.[/QUOTE] Abraham would probably come here. If that happens though, he'll probably ask for E-Rod…

Comment by Pigeons on 05-01-2014

Really sad to see one of my favorite fighters throw away his prime like this. What makes it even more puzzling is that Ward is an intelligent person, if he wasn't in boxing he'd be successful at something else. Well…

Comment by Dr Rumack on 05-01-2014

Is this all about the Chavez Jr fight? Because it's not easy to see what other major grievance Ward could have. He's only fought twice since the end of the the Super Six, which Goosen got him into, and apparently…

Comment by Weebler I on 05-01-2014

Didn't Arthur Abraham say he wanted to rematch Ward? Time to get on your bike to Germany Andre, no one else wants to fight you.

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (49)
Top Headlines Victor Ortiz's Reaction To Crazy Fan Who Tried To Assault Him Eddie Hearn Critical of Al Haymon and PBC Business Model Photos: Andre Berto Drills Victor Ortiz To Avenge First Defeat Photos: James DeGale Taken To His Limit By Porky Medina Ricky Burns Enjoying Low-Profile Approach Video: Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina Post Presser Highlights Part 2 Video: Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina Post Presser Highlights Part 1 Bellew-Makabu: Burton vs. Dodson For British Title Added Video: Victor Ortiz on His Boxing Future Following KO Defeat Video: Andre Berto on KO of Ortiz, Danny Garcia Shot, More Video: Ellerbe Reacts To Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Fury: Klitschko Fight is My Last, I Have No Motivation To Carry On! Medina: James DeGale Said He Would Stop Me, He Ran All Night! WBC Prez Vows Investigation of Two Judges in Jack-Bute DeGale Disappointed With His Performance Against Medina Moreno Outclasses Sor Rungvisai To Set Up Yamanaka Rematch Floyd Mayweather Hints at Comeback, Reveals Talks With CBS/SHO Jack, Bute Ends in Draw - Jack Sets Up DeGale Unification Pedro Campa Extends Win Streak With Stoppage Win Over Alfaro Video: Victor Ortiz Attacked By Crazy Fan Following KO Defeat Badou Jack-Lucian Bute - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard James DeGale Digs Deep To Overcome, Decision Rogelio Medina Washington Decisions Eddie Chambers: Benavidez, Gausha Win Badou Jack-Lucian Bute - CompuBox Historical Review James DeGale-Rogelio Medina: LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Andre Berto Gets Revenge, Knocks Victor Ortiz Out in Four Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina LIVE Results: Sharif Bogere Wins Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto II - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Thomas Williams Blasts Out Edwin Rodriguez in Two Rounds Edwin Rodriguez-Thomas Williams - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jorge Lara Demolishes Montiel With Brutal First Round Knockout Jorge Lara vs. Fernando Montiel - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Anthony Joshua to Have U.S. Network Deal Announced Next Week Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto II - CompuBox Historical Review Liam Walsh Retains British and Commonwealth Titles With TKO Photos: Hughie Fury's Severe Cut Above His Left Eye Hughie Fury Suffers Bad Cut, Gets Technical Nod Over Fred Kassi Amir Khan Eyes MMA: I Fancy My Chances With Conor McGregor! Jamie Conlan Wins FOTY War To Get Title: Walsh Retains His Belt Andy Lee Sets Record Straight on Rumors of Daniel Jacobs Bout
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement