James Ali Bashir was a longtime trainer and former student of HOfer Emanuel Steward when he was attacked(sucker punched from behind) last October at the weighin of his fighter for a match being held in Flint, Michigan.
The reprobate’s name is Artis Mack who happens the brother of female fighter Claressa Shields acting as a member of her team on stage no matter his official capacity. The elderly Bashir, now unconscious, slammed face first to the floor and had to be rushed to the local hospital with severe facial injuries and bleeding on the brain, and then readmitted, potentially a death knoll if not severely disabled for life.
Like all cowards, Mack fled the scene of his crime, but was tracked down and finally adjudicated with a plea deal by Michigan authorities. The sentencing of misdemeanor aggravated assault is supposed to take place on March 10th with a maximum punishment of up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, or both, or sadly, more probably less.
Bashir attorney Brent Leder told ESPN he and his client were not happy with the plea deal.
“On behalf of Mr. Bashir, to say that he is shocked at the leniency shown to Artis Mack is an understatement,” Leder said. “Mr. Bashir suffered serious injuries and is still dealing with ongoing trauma from the assault by Artis Mack. A 28-year-old violent criminal, who had no business being a representative of Claressa Shields at this event, attacked a man 40 years his senior. There is no excuse for those actions. Mr. Bashir is appalled at the prosecutor’s office [for] offering a plea deal without even bothering to conduct a preliminary examination where Mr. Bashir would have had an opportunity to put his testimony on the record.”
* Though James’ attorney is suing every entity associated with Shields’ promotions, I seriously doubt they can squeeze much out of those sycophants. Bashir’s hospital bills most certainly run into $100s of thousands if not well over the million dollar mark, and then there is rehabilitation to be calculated, so where on God’s green earth is JUSTICE in James’ homeland?
The de-evolution of modern day America into 3rd world thuggery and injustice…only in America these days.