Will Cleveland rename part of street where Don King killed a man?

Controversy surrounds Don King Way

CLEVELAND - Many Clevelanders are aware what happened 50 years ago outside a bar near East 100th Street and Cedar Avenue.

That's when fight promoter Don King was allegedly in the numbers racket and had a tough-guy reputation.

Longtime resident Lee Stanbury said "Don King killed a (expletive) there...stomped his brains out."

The victim's name was Sam Garrett. King was convicted and went to prison.

So why would the city of Cleveland want to rename a stretch of Cedar Avenue including that in King's honor.?

Councilwomen Mamie Mitchell and Phyllis Cleveland co-sponsored a resolution to do that  Monday.

Cleveland claimed she was helping a colleague, unaware of anything notorious happening on that part of Cedar.

Councilman Zack Reed said, "If you know anything about Cleveland history...you know that tragic situation on Cedar Avenue.....That's a no-brainer. I would say Don King would say it's not appropriate."

King already has a stretch of Shaker Boulevard near the Call and Post Newspaper he bought and saved renamed for him. That happened in April

But no new signs are up.

City council is coming under fire and getting lots of media attention for seeming to be clueless and insensitive.

Council President Kevin Kelley said no action on the measure is scheduled Monday, and he will hold it off to the side at least  until he gets more information.

That sounds like this idea not be coming back.

The re-renaming is actually a two-step process. First, the portion of Shaker Boulevard must be un-renamed first.

Who is pushing for the name change switch? We could not reach either Councilwoman Mitchell or King himself to ask why.

While opposing the Cedar Avenue renaming, Reed wants to name a now-being-planned football stadium behind John Adams High School,  where King attended in his honor.

Reed says that's appropriate because King was pardoned for his crimes and has become a contributing member of the Cleveland community.


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