Corruption dominates athletic commissions; Florida competes w/ California & Texas for most shameless
By Zach Arnold | December 22, 2012
While Alabama’s athletic commission got whacked with an audit this week for faulty cash procedures, The Orange County Register wrote a dumb remark about the situation regarding California’s athletic commission. When the Bureau of State Audits in California came out with their audit of CSAC, we promptly exposed the audit for the smokescreen that it is. The audit recommendations is a swerve to get the public at large to focus on a shiny object rather than address the real problems that the commission is facing (with the Department of Consumer Affairs & their golden boy Che Guevara as problem #1). However, we knew the BSA tactic would work in turning people the wrong way and it led to this gem from the OC Register editorial board:
For us, this also begs the question: Why do we even have an athletic commission? This seems a function suitable for privatization.
CSAC was fine as a self-sustaining operation. It wasn’t until it was taken over by Sacramento and placed under DCA that things starts getting chaotic. The fruits of that policy are now exposed for everyone to see… but a lot of people are acting like Mr. Magoo on that front.
There’s plenty of corruption and malfeasance with other state commissions, including Nevada & Texas. We are more than happy to report on these matters and investigate, but sources in both areas do not want to cooperate and you can’t get blood out of a stone. Karim Zidan deserves attention for his coverage of matters regarding the Ohio Athletic Commission.
However, one state and its bureaucratic agency (the Department of Business & Professional Regulation) remains intent on competing with Che Guevara as the most inept & corrupt roadblock in combat sports — the state of Florida.
Jami Molloy receives a ‘certificate of appreciation’ from a sanctioning body in Florida
When disgraced schmuck Tom Molloy got canned for being a rotten & inept leader while running the Florida State Boxing Commission, his fellow henchmen (and wife Jami Alise (McClellan) Molloy) were also under DBPR payroll. When the state’s audit exposed that Molloy & company only had one ticket manifest out of 51 shows that Florida regulated last year, that was more than enough ammunition for the state to fire everyone with cause.
So, why wasn’t anyone other than Molloy fired? The answer is that Governor Rick Scott’s DPBR has re-arranged the deck chairs and made sure that everyone, including Molloy’s wife, stayed on the payroll financed by state taxpayers. Instead of these individuals being criminally charged for fraud and/or other counts regarding economic malfeasance in not collecting the proper event revenue for the state of Florida, Molloy’s associates continue to draw DBPR paychecks. Molloy’s wife continues to milk the taxpayer cash.
After we reported on Florida’s state audit of the Boxing Commission (which was a preliminary report that had not been issued publicly) of Molloy, a state auditor was inserted into Molloy’s position as figurehead for the boxing commission. A bean-counter role, in other words, and no experience in combat sports regulation. There were many people in both boxing & MMA circles in Florida who were happy to see Molloy get the axe and were hopeful that new bureaucrats would turn the climate into a more positive environment. However, much of that hope is now gone and there is a feeling amongst promoters that it’s the ’same old, same old’ environment. Molloy’s associates remaining on taxpayer-funded payrolls and not being removed from DBPR has created legitimate cause for concern.
- Christa Patterson, who was Molloy’s right-hand assistant, has been working at DBPR since February 8th, 1985 and continues to draw an annual salary of $49,500.
- Jami (Alise McClellan) Molloy, Tom Molloy’s wife, has been working at DBPR since September 29th, 2006, and is drawing a salary of $36,500.
- Robin Kathleen Brown-Blake, Florida’s equivalent to California AG office lawyer Karen Chappelle, has been working for the state of Florida since April 4th, 2008, at a salary of $54,200. Brown-Blake is to Florida’s Boxing Commission as Karen Chappelle is to Che Guevara at CSAC hearings. Speaking of Che, multiple sources on background claim that he has taken the month off and that he feels his job security is air-tight.
- Ken Lawson, the top secretary of DBPR (salaried at $140,000/year since May 2nd, 2011), is Florida’s equivalent of Denise Brown as the head honcho at California’s Department of Consumer Affairs.
- Lawson’s second-in-command, Tim Vaccaro, has been working at DBPR since October 12th, 1990, at an annual salary of $105,000. Vaccaro is Florida’s equivalent of DCA’s Awet Kidane. Kidane is DCA’s version of Fredo Corleone.
All of these people are involved in the business affairs of the Florida State Boxing Commission. For such a damning internal state audit report implicating that only one regulated show in Fiscal Year 2011-2012 had a ticket manifest & correct tax records is absolutely grounds to give pink slips out to those who were complicit in the lack of oversight or had knowledge about the lack of oversight and didn’t blow the whistle on what was going on. Instead, these people continue to suck away taxpayer cash from the residents of Florida. Not one Florida newspaper & TV outlet has even bothered taking a whack at the low-hanging fruit that is corruption at the Florida State Boxing Commission.