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City takes action against boxing coach


The city of Boston is taking action against a youth boxing coach who was the subject of a Fox Undercover investigation.

City officials pulled Tom Lee out of the South Boston Boxing Club last month after Fox Undercover discovered his pattern of unsportsmanlike conduct.

Now they’re allowing Lee back in as the director the program, but with several conditions that officials hope will prevent another outburst of questionable conduct.

“The behavior is unacceptable. Whether you're in a coaching program or you're there with your child, it's an outburst that was unnecessary,” said Daphne Griffin, Executive Director of Boston Centers for Youth and Families.

The 2007 outburst Griffin is referring to showed Lee yelling at officials after his boxer, who happened to be his son, lost a bout.

The video also shows Lee throwing the second place trophy his son received.

Letters written by USA Boxing, the national governing body of amateur boxing, reveal a pattern of unsportsmanlike conduct which resulted in two suspensions in the past two years, for other incidents.

In March, USA Boxing wrote, "Tom Lee should seriously contemplate how his use of obscenities and his lack of control appear to be rubbing off on his boxers."

USA Boxing reinstated Lee in September. Despite Lee’s history, the city of Boston has decided Lee can remain as director of the program.

“While that particular behavior wasn't exemplary by any means, it certainly did bring to light kind of the stories and the impacts that he's had for different families,” said Griffin. “And overall his strong commitment to kids and parents that come from very diverse backgrounds.”

But Griffin says the city still has concerns and even though it's allowing Lee to return to the boxing club, it's also requiring him to take part in a coaching training program and reminding him to comply with the city's Code of Conduct.

Griffin also says the city will be now be monitoring Lee's behavior and won't hesitate to take further action, up to suspending the entire program.

Lee once again declined a request for an interview, but he did send Fox Undercover a statement in which he blamed internal politics at the New England Association of USA Boxing for his two suspensions.

Click here to read Tom Lee’s statement.

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