- The Washington Times - Monday, April 14, 2014

Boxing promoter Don King said he’s not keeping any ill will toward the Rev. Al Sharpton for snitching on him to the FBI — that the minister was in fact a hero who is being maligned in a media frenzy that is simply harping on stale news.

It’s all “old news,” Mr. King said. Mr. Sharpton is nothing but a “stand-up person” for his secret recording of mobsters that helped federal investigators bust up criminal activity, Mr. King added, in the New York Post.

Al Sharpton had enough guts to fight, if it is true, to fight for others spending their ways and means to take away opportunity,” Mr. King told the newspaper. “How many people would put their lives in danger?”

Mr. King refused to say whether he ever suspected Mr. Sharpton of being a paid federal informant back in the 1980s.

“I’m not into mud-slinging,” he said, the New York Post reported. But he did say Mr. Sharpton is a hero.

“They should give him five stars for service and duty above and beyond for the betterment of our nation, for this great country of America,” Mr. King told the New York Post. “The people’s greatest resources are its children, and he put himself in the fight for our youth. He makes us live up to that creed, one man, for liberty and justice for all. I commend Sharpton for his bold, courageous Americanism.”

The FBI reportedly snared Mr. Sharpton to become of the federal government’s paid informants after catching him in a drug-sting operation.