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Athletic commission presses Metro for investigation into 20-year-old boxer’s death

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada State Athletic Commission Chairman Stephen J. Cloobeck yelled at a Clark County assistant district lawyer and steadily interrupted a Metro deputy chief, urgent for police to research the death of a 20-year-old boxer at a fraternity charity occasion in November.

Cloobeck needed Metro to decide to investigating the death. He says they’ve already refused his requests to take action twice. After Tuesday’s meeting, Cloobeck mentioned Metro representatives had agreed to satisfy with him to debate it.

Nathan Valencia died on Nov. 23, 4 days after he was taken out of a boxing ring of the Sahara Events Center on a stretcher. Valencia collapsed after preventing within the “main event” of the Kappa Sigma Fight Night.

Since Valencia’s death, questions on who’s accountable have stirred anger, and a report launched Monday by the Nevada Attorney General’s Office has stoked feelings. The report mentioned Metro ought to have investigated additional, however Metro fired again, saying there was no prison intent. Here’s a portion of what was mentioned at Tuesday morning’s meeting:

Stephen J. Cloobeck: Can I ask you only a actual fast question? You guys have already doubled down. You gonna triple-down at this time? Or are you going to come back to grips with this case?

Deputy Chief James LaRochelle: Sir, I’d like to elucidate …

Cloobeck: No, no, I’m asking you a question. My opinion, my question … I’m due an answer. I’m due an answer. Are you going to triple-down at this time? Or are you gonna are available and do the appropriate factor?

LaRochelle: I’m right here …

Cloobeck: I’m asking you to answer binary questions. Either a sure or a no. You signify Metro. You’re right here. We recognize that very a lot.

LaRochelle: It doesn’t seem to be it …

Cloobeck: No … we do, we do. We’d such as you to do the appropriate factor and do your job. Can you please simply do your job?

LaRochelle: I’d like to speak about …

Cloobeck: We all pay you to do your job. We all pay you to do your job. This just isn’t political.

LaRochelle: This is.

Cloobeck: No it’s not political.

LaRochelle: It’s unprofessional.

Cloobeck: No it’s not. You don’t prefer it? You don’t like the reality?

LaRochelle: I’m standing in a public discussion board …

Cloobeck: That’s proper, you don’t like the reality.

LaRochelle: … attempting to answer questions, reply to a report that I acquired yesterday afternoon.

Cloobeck: No, you’ve recognized about this for a very long time.

LaRochelle: No, sir.

Cloobeck: Oh sure you’ve got, since final November. You’re telling me you don’t signify Metro? Metro has recognized about this since November.

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