CRIMINAL NETWORK Sports personalities urged to reconsider their ties with mob boss Daniel Kinahan
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said they should look at their relationships with their fans and consider if this is something they want to be involved with
April 13 2022 07:45 AM
Daniel Kinahan has been an influential figure in the world of boxing in recent years.
He has advised heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and been pictured alongside several of the sport’s most recognisable fighters.
However, the Garda Commissioner has said that people involved in boxing should reconsider their association with Kinahan in light of this week’s developments.
The Kinahan hierarchy have now been hit with financial sanctions by the US government.
A $5m (€4.6m) reward has also been offered for information leading to their arrest and conviction.
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris urged sports personalities and businesses to consider their involvement with the Kinahan crime gang.
Mr Harris said people who deal with those sanctioned are involving themselves with a criminal network.
He said they should look at their own businesses and relationships with their fans and consider if this is something they want to be involved with.
“In terms of some individuals, prominent sporting individuals who are in some way connected with this grouping, I would say look at your sport, your fans, and think of your own reputation because this is a very serious announcement today after a large amount of work.”
Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll also said that the Kinahan organised crime group are attempting to destroy a sport that is so important to inner-city communities.
This, he said, has provided even more of an incentive to “bring about the downfall of this organised crime group”.
Daniel Kinahan is currently the subject of a civil lawsuit in California.
It is alleged he signed boxer Joseph Diaz while he was under contract with another manager.
The lawsuit – which is denied – alleged Mr Diaz was offered a $100,000 (€92,000) advance.
A founding member of what is now known as MTK Global, the company had previously distanced itself from Kinahan before announcing a partnership with him in 2020.
Only last month, World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar posed for a photograph with Daniel Kinahan and controversial promoter Ahmet Oner in Dubai.
He met the pair while being hosted at a Probellum boxing event, later writing Kinahan had his “full support”.
Mr Saldivar said that Kinahan is a “character who has been crossed out and labelled as a person linked to criminal groups, thus creating prejudice against a large part of the world boxing community”.
“I am nobody to judge any person, and that has been the policy of our organisation, to combat all types of discrimination and abuse of power, before any person and group,” he said.
“That is why Daniel will have our full support in his quest to bring benefits to boxing.”