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28 Sep 1995: Tommy Morrison trains during a photo shoot at Main Street Gym in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/ALLSPORT

Estate of Tommy Morrison Nevada Lawsuit Begins Again vs. NSAC and Quest Diagnostics

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

*Photo Credit: Al Bello/ALLSPORT

Las Vegas, NV (August 15th, 2019)– It has been learned on August 5, 2019, administratrix Patricia Harding Morrison (widow) for the estate of the late World Heavyweight champion Tommy ‘The Duke’ Morrison, filed a new civil motion in the United States Federal Court, In and For the District (Court) of Nevada Southern Division, against defendants: Quest Diagnostics Incorporated; John Hiatt; Dr. Margaret Goodman; the Nevada State Athletic Commission; and Marc Ratner. It is case number 2:14-cv-01207-RFB-PAL, with the Honorable Judge Richard F. Boulware II presiding. The legal maneuver is a motive of motion to vacate the order of judgment again the Morrison estate, and seeks to reopen the case for fraud against the court. The Morrison estate will again argue: Morrison never had been medically found to have HIV/AIDS, as Quest Diagnostics never administered such a test, such an HIV/AIDS test would have taken weeks to process, not a few days, at the time the NSAC claimed; the NSAC and Quest were involved in with fraudulent medical documentation; and the end result impacted and destroyed Morrison’s boxing career falsely and to its detriment.





Morrison had been scheduled to fight Arthur Weathers in 1996 Nevada when Nevada stopped the bout, citing blood evidence Morrison had HIV when Quest Diagnostics, the company proving the so-called evidence, had no such test for HIV. The oversight subsequently a legal controversy when The New York Times conducted its own tests when Tommy Morrison cried foul, and Morrison tested HIV negative over a decade later.

No actual HIV/AIDS blood test existed or exists which confirmed or confirms one way or another Morrison had the HIV disease. Nevada somehow claimed it based on the documentation supplied by Quest, which Mrs. Morrison claims had no such test. The case has gone back and forth through the Nevada State Courts, the Ninth Circuit Court (16-17050), and the United States Supreme Court (17-1537). Morrison died on September 1, 2013. Morrison’s mother claimed he died in the final stages of HIV/AIDS with substantiation, while Morrison’s widow claims, in a new written communique with Real Combat Media, her husband Tommy Morrison died from died of cardiac arrest, septic shock and septicemia caused by a surgeon leaving 12 feet of gauze in Tommy’s chest to rot for one week, as well as and HOSPITAL ACQUIRED psuedomonas. The official coroner’s inquest cause of death was cardiac arrest, resulting from multiple organ failure due to septic shock (sepsis), caused by a Pseudomonas Aeruruginosa infection.





According to Wikipedia and other sources, in 2006 Morrison went public, stating his HIV tests were false positives. The NSAC medical advisory board reviewed Morrison’s 1996 test results, and concluded they were “ironclad and unequivocal.  Morrison said he tried to get a copy of his original test results, but was unable to do so, adding: “I don’t think it ever existed.” The NSAC said Morrison could “contact the laboratory, and they would immediately release the results to him. They did not, and the paperwork supplied was not from the overseeing physician, and did not claim such an HIV test was ever or even performed by Quest. Morrison tested negative for HIV four times in January 2007, so he began fighting again, fighting twice more, in 2007 and 2008. After passing medical tests in Texas, West Virginia, licensed Morrison to fight. In February 2007 he fought and beat John Castle. In June 2007, Morrison’s former agent, Randy Lang, alleged that Morrison had tested positive in January and the claimed the boxer had tampered with his blood samples. Morrison responded he had fired Lang when he discovered the disgruntled Lang was not a lawyer and had falsely misrepresented his credentials as one.





On July 22, 2007, the New York Times reported that Morrison took two HIV tests in 2007, and a third test specifically for the New York Times. HIV experts officially reviewed the three tests, and concluded the 1996 results claimed, if administered following proper protocol and procedures, were a false positive. However ringside doctors including Nevada’s chief ringside physician expressed doubt regarding the 1996 results which were claimed. They now implied the negative results were not in fact based on Morrison’s blood. If so, whatever test was claimed to be administered at the time in 1996 could not have been an HIV test, and therefore could not have been used to make a determination regarding Morrison’s HIV status one way or the other. The experts agreed nobody is ever cured of HIV (this has since been proven wrong, as HIV has been cured in rare cases in Europe). If Morrison’s HIV negative tests from 2007 were performed on Morrison’s blood, then he had never been infected with HIV in the first place, triggering the ongoing legal actions by Tricia Morrison, administratrix for the Estate of Tommy Morrison. Morrison, who would be 50 years old if alive, died on September 1, 2013, at the age of 43. The Nevada civil action by the Estate of Tommy Morrison will apparently continue into a fourth decade the argument of what information was used by the NSAC and Quest Diagnostics to the detriment of Morrison’s Boxing career, and its validity, invalidity, or inconclusiveness (based on timeliness of the lawsuits). When Tommy Morrison went public on Phil Donahue and other media sources in 1996 after Nevada revoked his boxing license, Morrison did not claim virtuosity in his earlier days, admitting he slept with numerous women who were attracted to him without protection before his personal life settled down. Nonetheless, to date, neither of his wives, no women associated with Tommy Morrison, and no boxing opponent or sparring partner who fought with Morrison, was ever infected or claimed to be infected with HIV, which-considering the public figure Morrison was in his lifetime-and the degree of promiscuity with numerous women Morrison admitted to during the earlier part of his pro boxing career-would have been impossible. The implied conclusion was the action by the NSAC against Tommy Morrison to revoke his boxing license and prevent him from fighting again was vindictively designed to ruin and terminate his boxing career falsely, an allegation yet to be proven in the civil courts, despite the New York Times determination by valid medical testing Morrison was HIV negative. Timeliness of civil actions (validity or not) can be affected by new evidence of discovery affecting previously known information. It should be noted the parties to the Morrison estate lawsuit have as yet not been found to have committed any wrongdoing, and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in any court of law. Tommy had a better argument if he sued immediately in 1996 while alive. He did not.

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.