Andrew, no one is saying that Goldstein shouldn’t have stopped the fight sooner. But keep in mind the film shows the action from a different angle than Goldstein’s view. Goldstein was in back of Giffith, whose broad back obscured his view for the few seconds it took for Griffith to land the most damaging punches and for Goldstein to then move to stop the fight. It is terrible to watch. But you cannot view Goldstein’s actions in a vacuum, and to criticize him alone is a BIG mistake. To quote from the article “To argue the point back and forth only serves to divert attention away from the real culprits”—and there were more than one in this tragedy. End of story.
The ring fell silent. “I think we just saw a gay murder,” someone murmured to Pete Hamill, covering the fight for the New York Post . As Paret was stretchered away, Griffith faced the television cameras. “I'm very proud to be the welterweight champion again,” he declared, “and I hope Paret is feeling very good.” But when he arrived at the hospital to visit his vanquished opponent, Griffith was rebuffed by Paret's family and ran off, distressed, through the streets. Passers-by, who had heard reports of the standoff at the weigh-in, spat and hurled insults at him. Ten days later, Paret was dead, having never regained consciousness.