Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has urged sports personalities and corporations to consider their involvement in the Kinahan crime gang.
Aniel Kinahan, who was appointed by the US government as head of day-to-day operations for the group, has been an influential figure in the boxing world in recent years.
He has advised heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and has been pictured alongside some of the sport’s most iconic fighters.
However, the Garda boss has said people involved in boxing should reconsider their connection to Kinahan in light of this week’s developments.
The Kinahan hierarchy was subject to financial sanctions by the US government, while a $5 million reward was offered for information leading to their arrest and conviction.
Mr Harris told a media briefing at Dublin City Hall that people associated with those sanctioned are becoming involved in a criminal network.
He said they should look at their own businesses and relationships with their fans and consider if they want to be involved.
“In relation to some individuals, prominent athletes who are connected in some way to this grouping, I would say look at your sport, your fans and think about your own reputation because this is after a big crowd today a very serious announcement work.”
Deputy Commissioner O’Driscoll also said the Kinahan organized crime group is trying to destroy a sport so important to inner-city communities.
This is an even greater incentive to “bring about the demise of this organized criminal group”.
Daniel Kinahan is currently the subject of a civil lawsuit in California alleging that he signed boxer Joseph Diaz while he was under contract to another manager.
The lawsuit, which is being dismissed, alleges that Mr. Diaz was offered a $100,000 advance.
As a founding member of MTK Global, the company previously distanced itself from Kinahan before announcing a partnership with him in 2020.
Just last month, World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar posed for a photo with Daniel Kinahan and controversial promoter Ahmed Öner in Dubai.
He met the pair while he was a guest at a probellum boxing event and later wrote that Kinahan had his “full support.”
Mr Saldivar said Kinahan was a “character who has been crossed out and labeled as an individual associated with criminal groups, creating prejudice against a large segment of the global boxing community”.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/think-of-your-reputation-garda-commissioner-warns-sports-personalities-to-consider-their-involvement-with-kinahan-crime-gang-41546950.html “Think of your reputation” – Garda commissioner warns athletes to consider their involvement in the Kinahan crime gang