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Golden Gloves director`s legal trouble casts shadow over charity

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The Chicago Golden Gloves boxing tournament wrapped up over the weekend. The man helping to run it though is in trouble with the law and there are calls for him to step down.

It's the annual Chicago Golden Gloves boxing tournament at Cicero's Clyde Park District Field House. The Chicago Golden Gloves has been around since 1923 producing such greats as Sonny Liston, Muhammed Ali and Irish dancer Michael Flatley.

However, lately some say there's a cloud hanging over the Golden Gloves and it has everything to do with this man --- Chicago-land Golden Gloves director Ted Gimza.

Gimza, a two time felon who has a long criminal history dating back to 1975, had his most recent run in with the law in February of 2012. He was pulled over in Buffalo Grove for speeding and subsequently charged with a DUI, unlawful possession of a 38 caliber handgun, no firearm identification card, as well as in possession of a switchblade. This, while also being on probation for a previous DUI in 2010.

John O'Brien is a former Golden Gloves boxer and professional referee who is calling on Gimza to step down from his post. O'Brien firmly believes that the head of any youth sports organization franchise shouldn't be an alleged criminal with a prior criminal record.

That sentiment is echoed by Sean Curtin, who is a longtime boxing promoter and former tournament director of the Golden Gloves.

Curtin and O'Brien say Gimza's current legal troubles, on top of his criminal history, are in stark contrast to what the Golden Gloves are supposed to be about -- providing good role models for kids. The Golden Gloves website claims, "We understand that boxing can't save every young person, but we know that given the opportunity through sport, lives can be guided and shaped, resulting in positive, productive citizens."

However, Gimza won't hear any of that!

On Friday, Gimza's court case received a continuance to mid-May, which is about the time he is scheduled to supervise some Golden Glove Chicago winners at the nationals in Utah.

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