Smokin’ Joe vs.
Father-daughter bouting it out in Philadelphia
Court. Joe Frazier sues his daughter, Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde, who is
also his former attorney for return of his business records, investment
accounts and royalty rights.
First off, you hate to see fathers and daughters
fighting. Not right when Alec Baldwin and daughter does it. Not right
when two former boxers like Joe and Jacqui go after it. It’s especially
not right when the lawyer getting sued is a candidate for municipal
You think Judge Judy is tough? How’d you like to go up against Judge
Jacqui - a former college basketball star at American University who
tried her hand at boxing at the age of 39 and mowed through ten
opponents losing only to Laila Ali in eight rounds? A 24 yr-old Ali at
that, long legged, darn good dancer well worthy of her nickname of
“She-Bee-Stinging.” Did we mention Judge Jacqui is the mother of three
kids? No, I don’t think you’d want to sass her in the courtroom. Did we
mention she took on the Philadelphia police accusing them of excessive
force during her dad’s arrest on drunk driving charges… and won? Did we
mention she won this case after taking a few days off from training to
box 198 pound Annie Brooks who was ten years her junior? Did we mention
that a few days after winning the case she landed an uppercut to Brooks
jaw, winning in the first round? Do you still think you want to talk
back to Judge Jacqui?
Perhaps the best athlete to ever enter women’s boxing, Jacqui, now at
the age of 45, is still in top shape. When we say best athlete, we mean
scoring over 1000 points in her college basketball career before
heading off to Villanova for her law degree and between the two schools
played on their jujitsu, lacrosse, softball and field hockey teams.
Sister Smoke, a name given to her by Muhammad Ali, probably has good
reason to withhold Joe’s records. On the other hand, Dad, who owns a
gym, a restaurant and three other businesses wants to have more control
and more take home from his enterprises. One part of me hopes they can
settle amicably, the other part wants to see a courtroom that is… uh…
That part wants to see the circus, the crazy headlines, the puns and
the pugilists in suits doing legal battle. If Jacqui happens to be a
judge when the action takes place, all the juicier. If mountains
of paper work arrive in certain envelopes it will be “The Thrilla’ in
Howard Cosell impersonators will vie for position outside the courtroom
and you’ll hear things like “She hit him with a cross-examination to
the body. The Champ, stunned by these personal blows, staggers back to
his corner.” Famous Philly native and boxer on screen, Sly Stallone,
will be called as a witness. Not so much for eloquent testimony,
because no one will understand a thing he mumbles, but more for the
music that accompanies him as he enters the courthouse.
That’s what I’m thinking, a circus worthy of a Don
King pay-for-view promotion. Of course, both Fraziers despise Don King
and if he tries to get the rights to this event I foresee a pummeling.
Father and daughter smoking Fraziers teaming up for a beat-down with
such combustibility, Don King’s hair catches on fire. That’s a smoking
pay-for-view event I’d pay to see.